Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 25 March, 2021

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 25 March, 2021
26th March 2021 Zac van Manen

Weekly UK Media, Travel, Consumer & Social Update — 25 March, 2021

 Accurate as of: 25 March 2021

 Current UK status:

Visit https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ for all official information.

  • As of 4pm on 24 March 2021, a total of 114,841,325 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests have been conducted in the UK. 4,312,908 people have tested positive.
  • 28,653,523 people have had their first dose of the vaccination, while 2,532,839 have been fully vaccinated.
  • 126,382 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 schools reopening on 8 March
  • Guidance for the current lockdown rules in England can be found

UK travel restrictions:

Visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office for all official information.

  • Boris Johnson has laid out a roadmap out of lockdown, with key touchstones to open up the country on 8 March, 29 March, 12 April, 17 May and 21 June.
  • Currently, 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:

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that he may announce on 5 April whether holidays abroad this summer will be possible, a week ahead of the date on which the government’s Global Travel Taskforce is due to report. (Travel Weekly)
  • On 25 March, MPs will vote on new Covid legislation which will specifically make it illegal to travel abroad without an essential reason. This legislation will be in place until 30 June, but the Government could decide to end it earlier. Anyone caught attempting to travel abroad without an official exemption from next week can be fined £5,000. (iNews)
  • Pub goers could be asked to provide a vaccine certificate, Boris Johnson has told MPs, saying it “may be up to individual publicans.” (BBC)
  • A study commissioned by a consortium of airlines, airports and aviation industry bodies has concluded Covid-19 testing can “enable a safe restart of international travel this summer” while limiting the risks posed by variants as opposed to lockdowns and travel bans. (Travel Weekly)
  • The global travel and tourism sector suffered a loss of almost $4.5 trillion last year due to the “devastating” impact of Covid-19. More than 62 million jobs were lost, representing a year-on-year drop of 18.5%, leaving just 272 million employed across the industry globally. (Travel Weekly)
  • Boris Johnson warned “things are looking difficult on the Continent” when questioned by MPs yesterday on the prospects of holidays abroad this summer, following rising levels of Covid throughout Europe. (Travel Weekly)
  • The Guardian has published a list of travel trends following a year of lockdown in the UK. (The Guardian)
  • Tui has reduced its capacity for this summer from 80% to 75% of 2019’s level, with summer bookings appearing to have stalled. (Travel Weekly) Meanwhile, Ryanair plans to operate 80% of its normal UK capacity during the summer 2021 peak. (TTG)
  • Kuoni is relaunching their flexible booking pledge amid travel uncertainty. Flex+ allows holidays to be cancelled or changed up to 10 days before long-haul travel and up to 21 days before European trips for any reason. (TTG)

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