Welsh hotels and hostel owners 'inundated' with booking requests after lockdown easing in England

Owners of hotels and hostels across Wales say they've been inundated with people trying to book accommodation over the coming weeks after it was announced lockdown restrictions would be eased in England.

It comes after Wales’ three National Park Authorities are calling on all UK residents to respect rules and measures in place in Wales to protect everyone.

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The Chapel House in Mumbles, Swansea says it was recently contacted by a group from London asking if they could book a 14 night stay at the hostel for a reunion with friends followingBoris Johnson's announcement on Sunday.

It is no coincidence that these bookings are from across the border. Boris should have said these rules are for England only. It's simple: we love you, but visit Wales later. It is confusing, but please listen to the rules. My health is at risk, your health is at risk. The best part of travelling is meeting new people and kindness of strangers. But on this occasion, please stay away. I just hope the English government makes this clear.

Adam Gilbert, owner of The Chapel House
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The hostel also says that it initially had a few backpackers stranded at the start of lockdown and allowed them to stay for free until they could get flights back to Australia.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething says that people in Wales and "those across the border" need to understand the lockdown regulations and "visit Wales later".

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Golden Sands Holiday Park in Kinmel Bay, Rhyl has also been 'inundated' with calls and emails from people trying to book to stay there.

It says the holiday park is currently closed, but received numerous phone calls and emails from people after they switched their phones back on on Monday.

People do hear what they want to hear. It's almost a step forward and then a big step back. These people call, they expect that they can have that freedom to come on holiday or enjoy what we have to offer in the north Wales coast, the beach so close to our park, but they don't. They don't get the information that we get, which is we are in lockdown.

Laurie Clark, Manager of Golden Sands