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17 March 2020, 11:59 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 16:50
As flights abroad are being cancelled and travel restrictions brought in amid Coronavirus fears, many Brits are wondering whether it's safe to take a UK holiday.
Coronavirus was last week officially declared a pandemic, and EasyJet, British Airways and many other airlines have announced major flight cancellations for the foreseeable future.
It is increasingly uncertain when Brits will be able to go on holiday abroad again, and travel restrictions for Spain, China and the US have been brought in during the past week.
Many Brits have been left wondering whether opting for a staycation in the UK would be a better option in the current climate.
Lloyd Figgins, Travel risk expert and Chairman of the TRIP Group Lloyd Figgin, told Heart.co.uk that - at the moment - there is 'no reason' not to book a holiday in the UK.
He added: "If you have already booked, make sure you follow the latest government advice. If you haven’t yet booked, it would be wise to hold off until nearer the time you are planning on going, in order that you can make the right decision, based on the latest developments.
Lloyd also added that this is a 'very fast moving situation', and that 'flexibility and adaptability are key'.
"With so many countries effectively going on lockdown, it would be wise to stay closer to home at the moment, as you don’t want to risk being quarantined abroad and then possibly being quarantined again when you get home," Lloyd added. "We are very lucky in the UK that we have so many great holiday options and our geography and environment is so diverse. There really is something for everyone."
Lloyd says: "There are currently no restrictions on going on holiday in the UK."
He does add, however, that you should be aware that many pubs and clubs may be closed - so keep that in mind if you decide to book a holiday.
Lloyd also adds that you should keep in mind that if the UK adopts the same policies as say France, Spain and Italy (who have all introduced quarantines), then "all travel would be impacted".
Lloyd says: "The danger with hotels is that if one guest has a confirmed case of coronavirus, the entire hotel could be quarantined, as we have seen in places like Tenerife. If you can afford to book a holiday cottage or Airbnb, you provide yourself with a degree of self-isolation which is confined to you and your family. You are also much better placed to practice social distancing, as opposed to being in close proximity to others you don’t know."