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Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 12 February, 2021

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 12 February, 2021
12 February 2021 Zac van Manen

Accurate as of: 12 February 2021

Current UK status:

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  • As of 4pm on 9 February 2021, a total of 75,693,515 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests have been conducted in the UK. 3,972,148 people have tested positive.
  • 12,646,486 people have had their first dose of the vaccination, while 516,392 have been fully vaccinated.
  • 113,850 patients in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
  • As of 5 January, the whole UK has re-entered national lockdown, with guidance to be given on 22 February as to when restrictions will be eased.
  • Guidance for the current lockdown rules in England can be found

UK travel restrictions:

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  • UK residents can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where they first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, they should consider the public health advice in the country they are visiting.
  • UK residents cannot leave their home or the place where they are living for holidays or overnight stays unless they have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.
  • In order to enter the UK, a negative Covid-19 test must be completed 72 hours before travel and presented to staff on planes, trains and ferries in order to board. A further two tests must be completed at the travellers’ expense during their quarantine before they can return to day-to-day life.
  • People entering the UK from high-risk countries, or “red” countries, will have to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for 10 days.

Latest updates:

  • All arrivals into England will, from 15 February, have to test negative for Covid three times before they can return to day-to-day life. They will have to book their stay in advance of travel, which will cost £1,750pp covering the cost of a 10-day hotel stay, transport and testing. (TTG)
  • A maximum 10-year jail term for lying about recent travel history has been defended by the government. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the British public “would expect pretty strong action” and the maximum sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime. (BBC)
  • Mr Shapps has also said other countries will need to catch up with the UK’s vaccination programme before the government can start to “unlock” international travel. He also said that people should not be booking holidays right now, domestically or internationally. (TTG)
  • In contrast, travel company Tui has said it expects to run 80% of its normal capacity for this summer, with 2.8 million customers already booked for its holidays. The statement follows optimism from other travel firms that the industry is set for recovery as coronavirus vaccination programmes advance. (BBC)
  • Despite their optimism, Tui posted a heavy loss in the first quarter of its financial year after sales plunged 88pc due to pandemic-related travel curbs. The world’s biggest travel company posted a €699m (£614m) loss in the three months to December, compared to a €147m loss during the same period last year. Revenues plummeted 88pc from €3.85bn to €468m. (Telegraph)
  • com and Jet2holidays have extended their flight and holiday cancellations through to mid-April. All flights and holidays due to depart up to and on 14 April are off, the airline and operator confirmed on 9 February. (TTG)
  • Visit Florida is reporting an uptick in the number of bookings for multigenerational families to the US state as it continues to market holiday spots outside city hubs. Speaking at virtual Florida Huddle, the state’s annual travel trade show, president and chief executive Dana Young said: “We’re seeing more multigenerational trips being booked. (Travel Weekly)
  • Britons could return for summer holidays in Greece from May using a ‘quarantine passport’ if reports today prove accurate. The tourism-reliant country is reportedly prepared to waive quarantine rules for tourists who can prove that they have been inoculated against Covid-19. British tourists could be welcomed to Greece in May, provided they can provide proof of inoculation against the virus. (Travel Weekly)
  • Airline pilots have backed the concept of a ‘vaccine passport’ after the government was reported to be working on the option to enable summer holidays to Greece. The British Airline Pilots Association believes the UK’s apparent vaccine success could rescue this year’s holiday season and allow people to get away. (Travel Weekly)

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