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UK Media & Consumer Market Update — 26 November, 2020

UK Media & Consumer Market Update — 26 November, 2020
26 November 2020 Zac van Manen

Accurate as of: 25 November 2020

Current UK status:

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  • As of 6pm on 24 November 2020, a total of 38,834,497 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), of which 1,538,794 were confirmed positive.
  • 55,838 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, tiered lockdown approach, based on the latest data.
  • Guidance for the current national lockdown can be found

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.
  • From 2 December, mandatory quarantine upon returning to the UK following travel will be reduced to 5 days, upon receipt of a negative test on day 5.

Latest updates:

  • The government has announced a Christmas plan for COVID-19 restrictions. At Christmas, restrictions will be eased to allow people to mix with a slightly wider circle of family and friends. Across the UK, people will be able to form “bubbles” of three households over a five-day period. This will not be extended to New Year’s Eve (BBC)
  • The Prime Minister has set out plans for the end of lockdown in England, and a return to a tougher three-tier system of restrictions. Full details of regional lockdowns are to be announced on 26 November (BBC)
  • Travel industry leaders and travel agents say the government’s day five Test to Release scheme is “good news for travel agents” and a welcome step towards removing the “massive barrier” of quarantine (Travel Weekly)
  • The government is set to impose stricter rules on hotel closures when the UK returns to a tiered system of regional lockdowns (Telegraph)
  • Commentator Simon Calder gives his advice on domestic and international travel once lockdown ends, highlighting the differing rules across tiers (Independent)
  • Consumer group Which? has released research confirming package holidays “are likely to work out considerably cheaper than DIY bookings” (TTG)
  • France’s ski resorts will not be allowed to reopen this year, President Emmanuel Macron has said. Macron said to plan for a re-opening of the resorts in January “under favourable conditions” (TTG)
  • Emirates says it has finally cleared its backlog of COVID refunds after repaying £1.3 billion to customers. The carrier dealt with more than 130,000 refunds-related queries from customers and agents and made status changes to nearly four million flight coupons (TTG)
  • The White House is considering lifting its entry bans for non-US citizens who have recently been in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other EU countries (Telegraph)
  • Millions of Americans are traveling and gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday, despite dire and urgent warnings from US doctors, nurses, health authorities and hospitals not to do so. The travel raises the possibility of a “surge superimposed on a surge”, in the words of Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and of a wave of deaths as Christmas arrives (Guardian)
  • Long-haul adventure tour operators have reported a spike in bookings starting before the announcement on quarantine reduction (TTG)

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