The coach full of tourists travelled more than 180 miles to Seabank Hotel on Porthcawl's seafront on Monday afternoon (September 21) for a cancelled Elvis festival.

It became more a case of Heartbreak Hotel when they learnt that Bridgend County Borough Council, which includes Porthcawl, was to go into local lockdown 24 hours later.

Instead of staying the four nights, the hotel rearranged their stay and transferred them to a sister hotel in Tenby, due to the restrictions that were due to come in to place, Wales Online reports.

The bus will now travel on to the popular seaside town in Pembrokeshire on Wednesday - a county where coronavirus infection rates remain some of the lowest in Wales.

Police told the council there was nothing stopping the bus arriving into Pembrokeshire and instead the council will ramp up enforcement around the town.

The infection rate in Bolton is 200.9 - more than 20 times higher than that in Pembrokeshire. Even though restrictions are in place in Bolton due to the high infection rate in the borough, rules say residents are allowed to go on holiday outside the area with people from their own household.

In Wales, the rules are more stringent and say people cannot travel in or out of an area "without good reason". The rule has already seen two pensioners from Caerphilly lose hundreds of pounds for holidays that they had to cancel when the county went into lockdown.

The news led to anger from people living in the county and further afield who questioned why visitors were allowed to travel from a town with such high levels of coronavirus infection.

The tourists were turned away from Porthcawl due to local lockdown

One person said: "That's ludicrous. We've got a caravan in Amroth and aren't allowed to visit from the Rhondda, even though we'd be confined to a caravan and not in contact with anyone else."

Another Pembrokeshire resident pointed out: "They can’t mix in their own town but can come to Wales and do what they want."

Pembrokeshire council said it had referred the matter to the police.

A spokesman said: "There are no restrictions to stop people leaving Bolton to go on holiday other than they should be doing so with people with whom they live (or in a ‘bubble’ with).

He added the council's enforcement team would be monitoring premises in Tenby to make sure they were complying with the current regulations.

Siân Gwenllian, Plaid Cymru MS for said: "People in lockdown areas in England can travel to other areas including to Wales on holiday. People in lockdown areas in Wales can’t travel out of area, including to other parts of Wales. Doesn’t make sense to me."

The Bolton holidaymakers had booked a short break at the Seabank Hotel in Porthcawl through Leisureplex Hotels Limited.

But when it was confirmed Bridgend would be the next area to go into a local lockdown, the hotel organised a transfer to its sister hotel in Tenby, the Cliffe Norton Hotel, a 53-bedroom hotel overlooking Tenby's North Beach.

A source at the hotel said the bus was due to arrive on Wednesday and the residents would be staying "only for a few days".

Bolton's rate of infection is more than 20 times higher than that in Pembrokeshire

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "Wales has always given a warm welcome to visitors but it's important people do not travel at this time if they have coronavirus, live with someone who is ill or think they may have symptoms. We want to do everything we can to keep Wales safe and prevent the spread of the virus.

"In Wales, the approach we have taken when introducing local restrictions has been different to the one in England. As well as trying to control the spread of the virus within those areas, we have sought to stop the spread of the virus out of those areas.

"As a result, people living in parts of Wales where local restrictions are in place need a "reasonable excuse" to enter or leave their local authority area.

The guidance in England states that "you can travel outside your area" but "must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas, unless they're in your support bubble".

"You can still go on holiday outside of the affected areas, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with)."