Monday, 24 January 2022

Further easing of travel restrictions

Today, as I mentioned on my previous blog, the government has announced a further relaxation for fully vaccinated passengers returning to the UK. 

The government are removing ALL testing measures for eligible fully vaccinated arrivals to England from 4am on 11 February.
 
These changes have been made possible by the success of our vaccine and booster rollout.

Arrivals in England who aren't fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after arriving in England.
 
All passengers will still need to complete a Passenger Locator Form. 


Thursday, 20 January 2022

Easing of Plan B restrictions

England's Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday, with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports both dropped, the government has announced.

The government will also immediately be dropping its advice for people to work from home.

The news announcement comes as scientists believe the Omicron wave has peaked nationally.

This is not the finish line as the virus and future variants cannot be eradicated - instead we need to learn to live with the virus.

Ventilation of enclosed spaces, washing hands and self-isolating if positive are all things we can do to reduce the risk. If you haven't been vaccinated, please do so, and get your booster if you have already had your first two jabs. 

In summary, the following changes to restrictions will be made:

  • Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events will end, though organisations can choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wish
  • People will no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers
  • Face masks will no longer be mandated, though people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers. 
  • From today, secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and government guidance on their use in communal areas will be removed next Thursday (27th January).

Further announcements on the easing of travel rules and restrictions on care home visits in England are expected in the coming days. 



Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Northumberland one of the most exciting places in the world!

Northumberland has been named by the New York Times as one of the most exciting places to visit in the world!

The New York Times produces an annual list of the most exiting places to visit in the world and Northumberland came fifth. 

2022 will be a very exciting year for tourism in Northumberland with the Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival. The New York Times also mentioned the North East stretch of England's 2,800 mile coastal path, Northumberland's wild beaches and the International Dark Sky Park in their article.