English COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Eased

live with no excuses, and travel with no regrets

As it has been widely expected, today a list of countries will be announced that residents of England will be free to travel to very soon.  The travel ban is expected to be lifted on some 60 countries from July 4th, and from the 10th of July the 14 days quarantine for arrivals into England is not going to be required from these countries.  It is expected that Cyprus,  France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, and New Zealand will be on the approved list ~ but not Greece.  It is a lot more complicated than that.

For example; Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are doing their own thing ~ health policy is devolved to those regions.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson,  is expected to make an announcement, listing the countries for which the English travel ban is being lifted, at 17:00 hours this evening.

The place I want to go to the most, the better parts of the USA, are not expected to be on the list of permitted destinations.  Not yet.  Both the the US and English governments show no sign of rescinding their travel bans.  Foreign Office and State Department rules still have to be followed.  Otherwise travel insurance could be invalid, and laws may be broken.

And tomorrow, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, holiday parks, and other branches of the hospitality industry will be allowed to open in England too.  Hotels are also expected to be open in limited ways.  The social distancing limit in England is reduced to 1 metre (3 feet or so), from tomorrow.  The UK tourism industry may be coming back to life.

We can all get a haircut tomorrow.

Actually, it is all very confusing.


jack collier


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