He also said “performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists and recently signed elite sportspersons” will also be exempt.
However, they will have to meet “certain criteria”.
Mr Shapps also said there won’t be any changes to the travel corridor list today.
He announced on Twitter: “Travel Corridor update: There will be NO ADDITIONS or REMOVALS from the #TravelCorridor list this week.”
The news is likely to frustrate keen travellers who have been unable to travel from England within the UK or abroad during the country’s second lockdown.
Last week, 10 new travel corridors were announced but were criticised by travellers for not being accessible.
More to follow…