When Matt Hancock was asked about canceling the holiday plans this year, the health secretary answered,” I think that’s likely to be the case.”
But since Britain’s lockdown restrictions continue to be eased there might be a chance of foreign holiday after all.
As the Foreign Office is lifting its restrictions on all non-essential international travel from 6 July so people can visit the areas where there is a lesser risk.
AIRLINES TO BE OPERATIONAL AGAIN
All over the world tourism has been greatly affected due to Covid-19. But this is not stopping airlines from getting their hopes up as EASYJET has started a limited number of flights in June, and is hopeful to resume flights on 75% of its route network by the end of August, Whereas Ryanair and British Airways also plan to reopen their services from July.
SAFETY MEASURES AT AIRPORTS
Many airports are operational with safety measures. They are practicing social distancing and cleanliness. Like the Airport Authority, Hong Kong said that it will use Full-body sanitizing booths on passengers upon their arrival in the future.
London’s Heathrow has signboards across all the terminals to remind the passengers to keep social distance and to wash hands regularly.
EVERYONE TO WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AT AIRPORT
It is a known fact that airline companies are affected very badly financially as many airlines are asking for government support and some of them are even declaring bankruptcy.
To give passengers some sense of safety, airports and airports are likely to order the passengers to wear some sort of protective equipment so that passengers may feel comfortable flying again.
Many airports are taking steps to increase the cleanliness and to provide their staff with PPE which will be discarded or sanitized before reused. The use of facemask at least may become necessary for airplanes passengers as well for the staff in the new norm.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO STAY SAFE WHILE VISITING ABROAD FOR HOLIDAYS?
Well, it depends on the country in question. In Europe, many countries have managed to flatten the curve and reduce infection rates far greater than the UK by taking necessary steps on time like imposing earlier lockdown, and by tracing and tracking the whereabouts of an infected person with the help of comprehensive programs. Since the UK has the third-highest death rate in the world so it will be a riskier place to visit than most of the countries.
If you visit enclosed spaces then it’s worth being attentive to your surrounding by wearing face masks regularly and keeping social distance especially with the person who is looking ill or is sneezing
UNCROWDED DESTINATIONS FOR HOLIDAYS
Restaurants and hotels will be transformed drastically. They will change the way of managing guests as the usual practices at buffet meals, bars, etc are not going to work in the new norm. This means that hotels and beaches will not end up filling up to their full capacity.
So, it can be said that going to holidays will be difficult this year regardless of the restrictions being lifted up or eased in most parts of the world.