In view of the unfold of COVID-19, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday introduced a ban on non-essential international travel from and to the nation till at least May 17. Though travel and aviation sectors have been among the many hardest-hit throughout the pandemic, the ban got here as the brand new COVID-19 pressure has been spreading. PM Johnson mentioned home in a single day stays and self-contained lodging will probably be allowed no sooner than 12 April however non-essential international travel will stay banned, Sky News reported.
Highlighting the street map of lockdown, Johnson mentioned, “This is part of the roadmap’s second step and it will take place at least five weeks after the first step– 8 March–but could be postponed if the prime minister and his advisers say it is necessary.”
He mentioned the date for international holidays to be allowed shouldn’t be earlier than 17 May.
The authorities’s Global Travel Taskforce will reconvene to concern a report by 12 April recommending how international journeys can resume safely, he mentioned.
Boris Johnson mentioned this can “give people time to make their plans for the summer”, Sky News reported.
“As the worst-hit economic sector in 2020, this will ensure we will also be the worst-hit sector of 2021,” Sky News quoted Airport Operators Association chief government Karen Dee as saying.
“The UK and devolved governments must set out sector-specific support to help ensure there are viable airports to be able to restart,” Dee mentioned, including that the Prime Minister’s recognition of aviation’s vital financial function, specifically for companies that depend on entry to international markets or guests to the UK, was welcome.
Meanwhile, British Airways chief government Sean Doyle mentioned it’s “critical we start looking at a way to restart travel”, including that he’s “pleased the government has acknowledged that,” Sky News reported.
He added, “We support a data-led approach that protects public health. We want to work with the government’s task force on a road map now to ensure that aviation is in a strong position to support the UK as we emerge from the pandemic.”
(With ANI inputs)