RICHARD Madeley has admitted that he is “fed up” with the government’s ever-changing advice as he revealed he and wife Judy are heading on holiday to an amber-list country.
The 65-year-old star opened up about his summer plans during an appearance on Good Morning Britain today.
Co-hosting alongside Susanna Reid, Richard shared: “People have to make decisions on the basis of their own assessments… I’ll give you a personal example, we’ve booked the Channel and we’re going to be driving to France at the end of July.
“We’re going to be driving to France even though it’s on the orange list. The government says: ‘You can legally go but we’d much rather you didn’t as we don’t think it’s safe’.”
“Actually, I’ve had the double jab, Judy’s had the double jab, we will quarantine when we get back…”
Susanna agreed: “And France says you can go!”
He and wife Judy will travel to France – which is on the amber list[/caption]
Richard went on: “So we have judged that actually it’s safe to go and we will behave responsibly when we get back.
“I’d say that six months ago we’d have gone with the government advice, but we’re getting fed up with it.”
Dr Hilary Jones assured Richard that the fact that they were driving over was much safer than typical travel.
He said: “If you’re in a car with the family, on the train, and driving through France and then staying at a place that’s private – that’s very safe compared to airline travel.”
People travelling to the UK from amber list countries have to quarantine for 10 days at home.
All amber list arrivals will also need a pre-arrival Covid test, as well as tests on day two and day eight of quarantine.
The government advice tells Brits to avoid travel to amber countries if they can[/caption]
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However, Brits can pay for a fourth test as part of the Test to Release scheme, meaning they can leave the self-isolation earlier.
While travelling to amber list countries is not banned – unlike red list countries – the government has warned against holidays to them.
Matt Hancock said that people should only travel to amber countries if “absolutely necessary” while Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “It is not somewhere you should be going on holiday, let me be very clear about that.”
Most countries are on the amber list, with Portugal – which was previously green – moved over last week.