Covid-19 UK Update - Week 10

Well that was an eventful weekend ….. in amongst all the turmoil over a government advisor ignoring lock-down were a range of announcements relevant to tourism businesses – from changes to the Discretionary Fund to £50m in new funding being made available to reopening high streets and the appointment of a new chairmen to VisitBritain and and to VisitEngland while quarantining has remained a major topic of conversation for the past week.

Early last week the Government announced that from 08 June everyone arriving in the UK (except a short list of exemptions) via all modes of transport will be required to inform border force authorities where they will be staying and immediately self-isolate for 14 days to be reviewed every 3 weeks with fines of up to £1000 for non-compliance. With further explanations coming out over the week this led to airlines writing a letter to the Prime Minister pointing out the serious damage that quarantining will have on tourism and asking the Government to immediately look towards a more targeted, risk-based approach to screening of passengers such as “air bridges”, which would see the controlled reestablishment of air routes and overseas travel, where it is safe to do so, and as soon as possible to any low-risk country.

A variety of statements and advice came out on how the UK should envisage the slow lessening of lock-down while it was observed that many were ignoring advice and coming out of lock-down ahead of time.

Spain announced measures to remove traveller quarantine measures and the mandatory 14-day self isolation period will no longer apply from 1 July.

Australia's cruise ban was extended to mid-September and Abu Dhabi launched a hospitality hygiene scheme.

Every week the airline world is volatile: LATAM announced the resumption of operations, aiming for 18% capacity in June. Emirates is resuming passenger flights to nine destinations with additional COVID-19 precautions. While Lufthansa agreed a €9bn rescue deal in Germany, the agreement will see the German government temporarily take a 20 per cent stake in the company and Virgin Atlantic pushed back resumption due to quarantine.

UK Travel Agencies have been given the green light to reopen from mid-June and Tui is preparing to intensively relaunch in Spain in July.

Although Hertz Global Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, though the car rental company said it would be able to continue operations as it begins restructuring. The move does not affect its European franchises.

The lack of support for coach operators 'risks 40,000 jobs' and the Specialist Leisure Group, that operated several businesses that sold holidays and other travel arrangements, including Shearings, have all ceased to trade. It entered Administration on 22 May 2020.

Photo below of a beach in the UK this weekend!

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