Councils in Covid hotspots criticise advice to ‘minimise’ travel | Coronavirus

Ministers are facing fresh opposition from local authorities over updated travel advice urging people to minimise travel to areas with higher coronavirus cases.

The government revised its official guidance on Tuesday following criticism that it had introduced a lockdown “by stealth” by urging people to avoid all but essential travel to eight Covid hotspots in England.

The original advice, which was not communicated to local leaders, has been replaced by guidance to “minimise travel in and out of affected areas” and “meet outside rather than inside where possible”.