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UK Media & Consumer Market Update — October 29, 2020

UK Media & Consumer Market Update — October 29, 2020
29 October 2020 Zac van Manen

Accurate as of: 28 October 2020

Current UK status:

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  • As of 4pm on 28 October 2020, a total of 30,282,244 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), of which 917,575 were confirmed positive.
  • 45,675 patients in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
  • Local COVID alert levels have been established and are medium / high / very high. These alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage an outbreak in their area. London is in the ‘high’ risk category.
  • A full Q&A regarding the UK lockdown rules can be found

UK travel restrictions:

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  • As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
  • A 14-day mandatory quarantine for all UK arrivals except for those announced as exempt. See here for the full list of exempt countries. Countries can be added or removed from this list at any time.
  • FCO travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to a country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.
  • All travellers entering the UK or returning to the UK must complete a comprehensive passenger locator form or risk a fine.

Latest updates:

  • Holiday bookings for the Canary Islands, Mykonos and the Maldives have skyrocketed after they were all added to the UK’s travel corridor list last week (Telegraph)
  • Dubai and Egypt could soon get UK travel corridors, as the Government looks at dropping quarantine from more destinations (The Sun)
  • The Government’s travel corridor regime is driving “a very late booking market” according to the Advantage Travel Partnership, with nearly three quarters of new bookings for trips due to depart between October and December (TTG)
  • Travelling overseas no longer appears to present a significantly greater risk of contracting Covid-19, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed (TTG)
  • UK tourism venues are embracing the great outdoors to help survive the pandemic, including galleries, museums and cafes (The Guardian)
  • The Government is believed to be preparing to ease its strict criteria for imposing self-isolation on arrivals to the UK, to reflect the soaring rates of coronavirus domestically. The threshold for 14 days of quarantine is currently 20 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week. But the UK’s rate is currently over 11 times higher, at 227 – which is significantly higher than several major European nations on the “no-go” list (Independent)
  • Nearly 200 airports across the UK and Europe are at risk of going bust within months due to the dramatic collapse in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the European airports trade body warned on Tuesday (The Guardian)
  • Heathrow says it has been overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport for the first time by Paris Charles de Gaulle because of a slump in demand for air travel. Some 19 million passengers used Heathrow in the first nine months of the year, versus 19.3 million who used the airport in the French capital (BBC)
  • The British public became less optimistic about the economy in October as new restrictions were put in place, with consumer confidence falling for the first time in six months. Pessimism about household finances and home values dragged down the overall confidence index produced by polling firm Yougov and economics consultancy the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) (City AM)
  • Data from research company GfK showed that the UK consumer confidence index tumbled 6 percentage points to minus 31 in the first half of October. This is the lowest reading since May, with consumers becoming more pessimistic about both the general economic situation and their personal financial conditions (FT)

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