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Coronavirus: Tourism and Social Distancing - BBC Travel Show


Coronavirus: Tourism and Social Distancing - BBC Travel Show

This week, The Travel Show visits Margate in Kent, a seaside town attempting to adopt social distancing measures in the hope it will be able to welcome tourists back this summer. Lucy Hedges tries out some of the gadgets that claim to keep you safe in these hygiene-aware times; and the show visits Australia’s Bondi Beach as it fully reopens following lockdown, to find out how the crowds will be managed at one of the world’s most famous surfing spots.

Coronavirus: the impact on the Travel and Tourism industry - BBC News

A passenger on an Aer Lingus flight from Belfast to Heathrow has shared photos showing most passengers sitting close together.

There was no social distancing, there was no sanitiser, according to Sean Mallon.

Aer Lingus has said it is reviewing procedures on its Belfast to London flights, following the claim it was not observing social distancing measures.

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Coronavirus special: Travel, tourism & advice during the Covid-19 pandemic  - BBC Travel Show

The Travel Show looks at the impact the global Coronavirus pandemic has had on the world of tourism - including life in lockdown amid travel bans, a look at your consumer rights in the event of cancelled or abandoned holidays and what this may mean for the future of the aviation industry

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Coronavirus: Passengers experiencing travel chaos - BBC Travel Show

We hear from a number of passengers stranded around the world amid travel plans and city lockdowns, including Peru, where the borders closed on Monday (16 March)

The Travel Show looks at the impact the global Coronavirus pandemic has had on the world of tourism - including life in lockdown amid travel bans, a look at your consumer rights in the event of cancelled or abandoned holidays and what this may mean for the future of the aviation industry

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Coronavirus: Flying in the age of Covid-19? - BBC Travel Show

Rajan Datar finds out what it will be like to get on a plane after the world finally emerges from lockdown, how New York’s famous yellow cabs are dealing with the new normal and why social distancing is not a problem at the usually packed ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Coronavirus: How to travel the world from home - BBC Travel Show

Missing travel while stuck in lockdown? Here's Lucy Hedges with some top tech tips for exploring the world from your living room - from VR adventures to @Rambalac's immersive YouTube channel and clubbing livestreams

Part of the second episode in our special series on travel and the coronavirus outbreak. View the full show here:

Was the 2 metre social distancing rule ever effective? - BBC Newsnight

With the two-metre social distancing rule review imminent, Newsnight investigates whether there was evidence to support the measure in the first place. Subscribe to our channel here:

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, much emphasis has been placed on the importance of the two-metre social distancing rule – supposedly the optimum distance at which we are less likely to contract the virus from others.

But, Newsnight has discovered that there are questions around the robustness of the evidence upon which the two-metre restriction is based.

Health Correspondent Deb Cohen reports.


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Coronavirus: school re-opening plan in doubt as teachers raise safety fears - BBC News

Teachers' unions say the government's scientific experts have not fully answered their concerns about whether it’s safe for some children in England to return to school next month.

Some teachers have said social distancing will be difficult, particularly for younger pupils. The government has proposed a phased return for primary children in England from the start of June.

In Wales the First Minister Mark Drakeford has promised a cautious approach to easing the lockdown, saying that people’s health comes first. He outlined what he called a “traffic light” system for easing restrictions but warned he could not yet provide a timetable.

In England people are due to spend a first weekend under the new, less stringent lockdown rules, which now allow unlimited exercise and travel in order to enjoy the open air.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reports from Education Editor Branwen Jeffreys, Hywel Griffith and Sian Lloyd.

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How to shop safely in a coronavirus pandemic - BBC News

When will shops reopen?

In England, all non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen from 15th June, Boris Johnson has announced, as part of plans to further ease the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Shop owners are being told to make changes to ensure people can continue to shop safely.

But how exactly do you do that?

BBC health correspondent, Laura Foster, explains.

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Coronavirus: How to fly during a pandemic - BBC News

Jumping on a plane and going on holiday looks and feels very different to how it did at the start of 2020.

Airports and airlines have both been making changes to the way they work to get passengers flying again.

These include measures that help reduce the chances of coronavirus being spread, help ensure social distancing and reduce the number of things passengers need to touch known as 'contact points'.

The UK government has released advice on what you can do to keep safe while flying. It's currently reviewing it's measures on asking people to quarantine when they return to the UK.

Here BBC Health and Science Correspondent, Laura Foster, has been to Southend Airport to show you what you need to do if you're thinking of catching a flight.

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Will the global tourism industry survive the pandemic? I Inside Story

The global tourism industry has all but ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most international flights have stopped and hotel bookings evaporated as countries closed their borders and imposed lockdowns.
That has put 100 million jobs at risk, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.
However, countries with falling infection rates are now planning to ease some of those restrictions.
They plan to encourage travellers and their cash to venture abroad again.
So what's the future of the tourism industry?

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Kimarli Fernando - Head of Sri Lanka's National Tourism Development Authority.

George Papaconstantinou - Former Greek Minister of Finance and Professor at the European University Institute School of Transnational Governance.

Virginia Messina - Managing Director of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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Coronavirus: hopes for most shops in England to reopen in June - BBC News

The prime minister has set out plans for shops and some other businesses to reopen in England.

Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to open from June 1st if it's safe to do so, with most shops following suit on June 15th.

As the lockdown in England starts to be relaxed, more people will be using public transport and returning to work. With the changes come new challenges and potential risks of infection from coronavirus.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Business Correspondent Katie Prescott and Science Editor David Shukman.

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Coronavirus: Your rights and travel advice (March 2020) - BBC Travel Show

Simon Calder answers your questions on what to do if you are abroad and looking to get home, what to do when you airline cancels your flight, and how to deal with your travel insurance company.

Coronavirus: Many European countries are lifting restrictions further - BBC News

June 1st marks an important day for many countries around the world in their efforts to try and ease lockdown restrictions. But while countries like Spain and Italy can ease restrictions with the outbreak now under control, the road ahead for Brazil and Russia is much less clear – as cases continue to rise.

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The Netherlands is easing its partial lockdown today.

Museums can admit visitors again - though it's advance bookings only and social distancing rules apply inside.

The Anne Frank House is restricting visitor numbers to 15 rather than the usual 83 guests every 15 minutes.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will allow a fifth of the usual number inside every day. Some of the paintings have been rehung to ensure people can observe social distancing guidelines. Stickers on the floor remind people of the country's 1.5m (5ft) rule.

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Coronavirus: 'Very significant' resurgences in Europe alarm WHO - BBC News

The United Nations says police forces around the world should stop using facial recognition technology on people attending peaceful protests. The technology is already being used in Cardiff and Hong Kong.

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Coronavirus: impact on Global Economy - BBC News

The US economy suffered its most severe contraction in more than a decade in the first quarter of the year, as the country introduced lockdowns to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The world's largest economy sank at an annual rate of 4.8%, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

It marked the first contraction since 2014, ending a record expansion.

But the figures just hint at the full crisis, since many of the restrictions were not put in place until March.

The pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world, policymakers at America's central bank said on Wednesday.

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Half of the world's workers are in danger of having their livelihoods destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic, a United Nations agency has warned.

The International Labour Organisation's updated analysis emphasises its severe impact on people in informal work.

It says many have already suffered massive damage to their capacity to earn a living.

Without alternative income, these workers and their families would have no means to survive, it says.

The new analysis says 1.6 billion people's livelihoods are threatened by the virus, equivalent to almost half the global workforce.

Southend beach packed during coronavirus lockdown | ITV News

Social distancing proved a challenge for thousands of sunseekers who packed a seaside resort in Essex during the heatwave.

Southend-on-Sea's beach was a magnet for visitors from as far away as Leicestershire and Hertfordshire.

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What did we learn from today's UK briefing?

Today's government press conference was led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. He was joined by Sir Ian Diamond, chief statistician at the Office for National Statistics, and Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer.

Here's what they told us:

The R-rate, the rate of infection, is below one - somewhere between 0.5 and 0.9 - meaning on average each person with the virus passes it on to fewer than one other person. This is higher than the last estimate and is driven by the epidemic in care homes.

The lockdown rules are not changing today. Any changes to social distancing and lockdown measures will be limited and carefully monitored to ensure the R-rate does not rise. We will get more information on the government's plans from the prime minister on Sunday. Abandoning social distancing too quickly would lead to a second peak.

There was a technical hitch over the weekend which saw testing numbers fall but it has been resolved.

Restrictions on the border, for example at airports, may come in due course.

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