Another Lockdown: UK Bans All Leisure Travel

I think it’s fair to say that if you have booked plans (or are in the midst of planning a visit) to Europe, you should make alternative plans…

FAST AND FURIOUS LOCKDOWNS

Within the last day or so, we’ve seen several European countries introduce new lockdown requirements as cases of coronavirus start to increase.

Two days ago, we saw both France and Germany introduce new requirements (including banning hotel stays), and now you can add England to that list.

The UK is experiencing a large uptick in COVID-19 cases, so Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that between November 5 and December 2, the UK will enact some new measures to counteract this trend.

It’s worth noting that Parliament will still have to approve the restrictions but given they are seeing nearly 3x the more cases than they did when it “spiked” in April, I presume it will be approved.

UK BANS ALL TRAVEL?

It’s a lockdown so as expected, general daily activity is limited (bars, restaurants, social activities, etc). However, when it comes to daily movement and travel, it’s a bit more drastic. For example, the restrictions specifically say:

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed – including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes.

Again, Parliament will still have to approve the restrictions before November 5, but what is not clear is whether this is a recommendation or enforced and punishable by law?

Recognizing that airlines were already feeling the financial heat because of the mandatory 14-day quarantine that often drives away passengers, this could spell disaster for many of them (including United Airlines and their plans for next week).

FINAL STAMP

The UK is experiencing a large uptick in COVID-19 cases, so Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that between November 5 and December 2, the UK will enact some new measures to counteract this trend.

Let’s file this under ‘developing story’ and we’ll reexamine this in the next 48 hours…

What do you think about this latest development? Were you (or anyone you know) planning a trip to Europe?

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