Readers voted in our poll on whether the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s official two-day visit to Athens, which starts today and is at the request of the Government, should be cancelled. It comes as people leaving England for a foreign holiday could face a £5,000 fine under coronavirus rules.
Some 71 percent of respondents (2,969 people) said heir-to-the-throne Charles and his wife Camilla’s trip should be cancelled amid the holiday ban, while 29 percent (1,149 people) said the visit should continue as planned.
Less than one percent (24 people) said they ‘didn’t know’.
Commenting on this website, one reader said: “Of course it should be cancelled – it is NOT ‘essential travel’.
“Now of all times, the Royal Family needs to be seen to be ‘all in it together’.”
Another wrote: “Absolutely they should be told not to go.”
A third said: “The rules are to stay at home, stay safe and essential travel only. Don’t think a jolly to Greece is essential travel.”
Another suggested: “It should be postponed not cancelled.
“The trip can take place at any time after the current covid restrictions have been lifted.”
It comes as people leaving England for a foreign holiday could face an eye-watering £5,000 fine under new coronavirus rules to be voted on by MPs on Thursday.
The laws are expected to come into force on March 29.
According to the legal document: “The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse (regulation 8).”
The law says no-one may “leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom” without a reasonable excuse.
However, exemptions apply including for those needing to travel for work.
Boris Johnson on Tuesday said it was “too early to say” whether foreign holidays will be allowed this summer but rising cases in Europe meant “things certainly look difficult for the time being”.
Under the current plan for easing coronavirus restrictions, the earliest date people in England could go on holiday abroad would be May 17.
Express.co.uk polled 4,142 people from March 23-24.