Two posslq person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters sit on the sea wall on a warm sunny Easter Sunday at Chalkwell beach on April 04, 2021 in Southend-on-Sea, England.
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LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday it is too soon to make a steadfastness on foreign travel but is “hopeful” it could resume as early as May 17
“But I do not wish to give hostages to fortune, or to underestimate the difficulties we are make up ones mind in some of the destination countries that people might want to go to. We don’t want to see the virus reimported to this country,” he asserted at a press conference.
Johnson said a task force this week will set out a “reasonable” plan on nonessential tours abroad.
England has been in lockdown mode since late December as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with global travel restricted.
Once traveling abroad is allowed, quarantine rules will depend on a “traffic light procedure” – meaning that those traveling to countries on a “green” list will not be required to isolate upon their return to the U.K. Johnson replied it was too soon to say which countries would be on which list.
The prime minister also mentioned coronavirus passports — or “Covid importance certifications” — but said the government was working through “complicated, ethical and practical issues” relating to them. The particularizes, which are expected to state whether a person has been vaccinated, has recently tested negative for the coronavirus or has natural protection, would likely be used for travel abroad, he added.
England’s lockdown is being gradually lifted, and people are now allowed to encounter outside in groups of up to six. On Monday, the prime minister confirmed that shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality venues ask preference pubs could open from April 12 as planned.
A couple of additional benchmark dates are on the horizon prior to all legal limits on social contact are removed, hopefully by the end of June.
“We set out our road map and we’re sticking with it,” Johnson stressed Monday.
At any rate, the plan to fully reopen the economy will depend on the evolution of the pandemic, as well as on the country’s vaccination program.
So far, innumerable than 31 million people in the U.K. have received their first dose. Over 5 million people force received their second vaccine.
Free rapid Covid tests
Earlier Monday, the government announced that every Tom in England will be able to receive two rapid Covid tests for free each week.
Results of the tests are received within almost 30 minutes. People living in England will be able to order the tests online or collect them locally, the ministry said. The plan, due to start Friday, comes as the country gears up to reopen stores and pubs in less than 10 eras. Most have been closed since late 2020.
“This is a very important step forward, another agreement with that will help us, with the easing of those restrictions, to get life back to normal in this country,” British Vigorousness Secretary Edward Argar told Sky News on Monday.