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Most Britons are today finally free to take their much-longed-for summer holidays without facing a 14-day quarantine upon their return.
Mandatory self-isolation has been dropped for arrivals into England, Wales and Northern Ireland from a list of 75 countries, including Spain, France and Italy. Scotland similarly eased restrictions but has notably left Spain off its quarantine exemption list, to the ire of many, thanks to its “significantly higher prevalence” Covid-19 infections.
These policies are subject to change, the Government has warned. Already, Serbia has been removed from England’s list of quarantine-free countries on the very day the policy came into force.
Meanwhile, Britons will be “dissuaded” from going on cruises until October, because of fears the Government may have to repatriate people from around the world again, a minister has said.
Still, for many holidaymakers, this day marks a major step towards freedom in the new normal. Early flights today included Malaga from Stansted, Palma from Gatwick and Barcelona from Heathrow.
What will this new normal look like? Muzzled. Yesterday, the chief executive of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), said face masks should be mandatory for all forms of travel and in any indoor spaces from hotels and restaurants to cruise ships and bars.
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