Burnham cites examples of people hit by Scotland’s Manchester region travel ban

The restriction, announced last week, added to a pre-existing ban on travel to Bolton.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham

Weddings, memorials for loved ones and holidays have all been hit hard in England by Scotland’s travel ban on the Manchester region.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said his office had now received more than 50 emails showing the “pretty significant impact” on individuals and businesses since the ban on non-essential travel from Salford to Manchester was announced on Friday.

It added to a pre-existing ban on travel to Bolton in the region.

Mr Burnham said his office had now received more than 50 emails citing examples of people affected. These included: one person, due to marry at Gretna Green in early July and tour Scotland on honeymoon, has had to cancel the event, costing them £500.

Another family was due to visit north of the border to scatter the ashes of a loved one but have had to shelve their plans.

A group of walkers from Greater Manchester, who have all been “double-jabbed” are currently in Scotland and are now unsure what travel arrangements to make.

An elderly couple from Bolton, both double-jabbed, who have not seen their grandchildren for two years and have had to cancel their visit to a holiday cottage in Scotland and left £2,000 out of pocket.

And one hotel in Greater Manchester has reported the loss of 200 room nights.

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