BORIS Johnson has rejected calls to “Create a one off Bank Holiday on Monday June 21st 2021.” after a massive petition signed by 41,170 Brits.
The Government said it had no plans to create a one-off bank holiday.
In an official statement, Number 10 said: “While we recognise the sacrifices made in the fight against Covid-19, the costs and wider impacts would be significant.”
“The Government regularly receives requests for additional bank and public holidays to celebrate a variety of occasions.”
“We appreciate the sentiment behind this petition and recognise the sacrifices the British people have made in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.”
“The Prime Minister has set out the road map out of lockdown cautiously, and the Government’s approach focuses on data, not dates – the dates set out in the road map are the earliest that any changes will take place.”
“A bank holiday is usually a day of celebration. While the ending of restrictions will be something to celebrate, many people will still be mourning loved ones. We therefore do not believe that a bank holiday is appropriate.”
“There are eight permanent bank and public holidays in England and Wales. There are nine in Scotland and ten in Northern Ireland.”
“While an additional bank holiday may benefit some communities and sectors, the cost to the economy is considerable.”
“The most recent estimate – from the impact assessment for the additional holiday for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 – is that a bank holiday (across the UK) costs the economy around £1.2bn. The extra costs to certain businesses, such as printing and calendar businesses, are substantial.”