People should holiday at home this year and not travel abroad unless absolutely necessary, George Eustice has said.

People should holiday at home this year and not travel abroad unless absolutely necessary, George Eustice has said.

The environment secretary told Sky News his advice to the British public “would be holiday at home”, adding that he himself will not be travelling abroad this summer.

Mr Eustice added that people must be aware of the “risks” in travelling abroad at present, demonstrated by holiday hotspot Portugal being removed from the government’s green list last week.

“I will be staying at home. I have no intention of travelling or going on a holiday abroad this summer,” he said.

“Some people may, but they have to understand that there are obviously risks in doing so because it is a dynamic situation.

“But I think most people will probably decide this year to stay at home, holiday at home.”

Asked whether he is advising people to stay in the UK, Mr Eustice added: “I think, my advice to people would be holiday at home.

“We’ve got some great places here, there aren’t many places that are on that list.

“But obviously some people will want to travel abroad. There are still a small number of countries on that green list. If they want to do that they can, but obviously they will have to understand there are risks in doing so as well.”