Coronavirus: October bank holiday this year being considered by government

Downing Street confirmed it’s looking at the idea of a break timed with half-term to boost British tourism – but No10 also warned it’d come at a cost

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People flock to the beach in Southend to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather during the coronavirus pandemic

A special October bank holiday this year is being considered by the government, the nation’s tourism chief revealed today.

Visit Britain’s Patricia Yates said she has been lobbying for the extra break to boost home-grown tourism that has been destroyed by coronavirus.

And today she told MPs the idea is one of list “being considered” by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Downing Street confirmed the idea would be looked at, but also warned bank holidays come at a cost to the wider economy.

Ms Yates, Visit Britain’s acting chief executive, told the Commons Culture Committee the body had submitted ideas, and “we’re working through some of those with DCMS.”

Downing Street confirmed the idea would be looked at, but also warned bank holidays come at a cost to the wider economy
Downing Street confirmed the idea would be looked at, but also warned bank holidays come at a cost to the wider economy

She said those included proposals on funding and furlough, before adding: “The idea that we could possibility have a bank holiday in October, because the industry has lost the benefit of the two May bank holidays.

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