Despite the UK Government telling people to keep away from popular destinations to prevent the spread of Covid-19, numerous holiday rentals were still live and being promoted on different websites last week.

HomeAway offered  more than 300 family properties in Cornwall for the first week of the Easter holidays, Booking.com had multiple listings for the Lake District for the same week, and Airbnb had plenty of availability in the UK with messages like: “Only a few places left for your dates”.

Others including Cottages. com have stopped taking bookings for holidays starting before June 4 while Butlin’s, Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels suspended breaks until April 16.

Official UK government advice forbids non-essential travel, including visits to second homes, campsites, caravan parks etc, whether for isolation purposes or holidays.

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