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UK Media & Consumer Market Update — 20 November, 2020

UK Media & Consumer Market Update — 20 November, 2020
20 November 2020 Zac van Manen

Accurate as of: 20 November 2020

Current UK status:

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  • As of 6pm on 17 November 2020, a total of 36,513,502 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), of which 1,410,732 were confirmed positive.
  • 52,745 patients in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
  • England remains under a national lockdown. The guidance is to stay at home, and all non-essential shops have closed. On 2 December, at the end of the period, the Government guidance will return to a regional lockdown approach, based on the latest data.
  • Guidance for the current national lockdown can be found here.

UK travel restrictions:

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  • The new lockdown guidance states that travel is not permitted. This includes both domestic and international travel, unless for business purposes.

Latest updates:

  • From 20 November, Scotland will see 11 council areas across western and central Scotland, including Glasgow, go into Tier 4 lockdown. It will mean non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms will have to close, although schools will still be open. The level four restrictions will remain in place until 11 December (BBC)
  • British Airways has partnered with American Airlines and oneworld to launch a new testing scheme designed to demonstrate how testing can reopen international travel without the need for quarantine. Passengers on select BA and American flights to Heathrow will be able to opt into the testing trial, starting 25 November, which will involve three tests throughout their journey. If they test positive at any stage, they will have to reschedule or cancel their travel (TTG)
  • John Hays, the founder of the UK’s largest independent travel agency, Hays, passed away on 13 November 2020. So far, over £10,000 has been donated to his charity, The Hays Foundation, in his memory (TTG)
  • Hays Travel has appointed Jonathon Woodall as chief operating officer following the death of founder and managing director John Hays (Travel Weekly)
  • Heathrow airport will see a series of strikes in December, the Unite union has claimed. They plan to stop work for 24 hours on 1 and 14 December, with a 48-hour pre-Christmas stoppage on 17 and 18 December (The Independent)
  • Heraklion (Crete), Portugal’s Algarve region, Athens, Naples, and Larnaca have all been named as 2020’s travel hotspots by research firm ForwardKeys and European Cities Marketing – these destinations have seen the smallest dip in tourism due to COVID-19 (Travel Weekly)
  • United Airlines’ first transatlantic flight to Heathrow offering free Covid-19 testing arrived on 17 November from Newark. The carrier provided rapid tests to every passenger over two years old and all crew to guarantee that everyone on board tested negative prior to departure (Travel Weekly)
  • The UK government has announced a new travel corridor with Chile. The South American country will reopen its borders to international visitors from 23 November, though the second lockdown in England will prevent travel for reasons other than business until restrictions are lifted from December 2 (Travel Weekly)
  • EasyJet has reported an annual loss for the first time, of £1.27 billion. The reported loss for the full-year ending 30 September compares with a £430 million profit in 2019 (TTG)
  • Britons who visit Spain or its islands after 23 November must arrive with evidence of a negative PCR test result, potentially adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of a family holiday. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, and only private tests – which cost from around £150 per person – will be accepted (The Telegraph)
  • The Telegraph, alongside Which?, rates as bottom of the class when it comes to COVID refunds, having received many complaints about the company and its sister company, Bravofly (The Telegraph)

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