Kovid: Latest Christmas travel updates for the UK under Tier 4 rules


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Britain drowns in the chaos of Christmas, with police stopping people from riding in pack trains, spending holidays abroad and traveling with Europe was banned when London goes into an emergency lockdown.

Suddenly in return, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled plans to allow families to see each other over the festive period as the government warned that a new strain of coronavirus is “out of control”. There were scenes of panic at the train stations, with people defying social-perversion rules to move out of the capital before the new rules came into effect on Sunday.

France and Germany are considering joining Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium to ban air and train links with the UK, which is in the midst of fragile and important Brexit negotiations with its partners in the European Union. The talks were expected to reach a Success as soon as this weekend.

Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Charles Michel, President of the European Council and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union Commission discussed the state of health in Britain and Brexit.

For the UK, this is a dual body setback, potentially epidemic still wreaking havoc. Its departure from the European Union is sealed by a sour relationship with its neighbors. This one-time close companion has his shutter set to shutter during an unexpected epidemic.

This would do more harm to struggling European airlines. The country was The busiest in the region with more than 2,200 flights according to Eurocontrol.

more than 16 million Britons are now required to stay home after new sanctions are implemented in London and South-East England. There are restrictions on measures to restrict domestic mixtures in the capital and the south-east and to limit socialization for Christmas day in the rest of England.

For many Britons, either trying to see relatives or going on a winter vacation, the restrictions come close to a previous nationwide lockdown and will add the burden of protection against a virus that is still dangerous, Even vaccines are rolled out. In the population.

This is the latest U-turn of a government which is reluctant to force agitation, unless forced. By Friday, Johnson was determined that close family members would be able to meet at Christmas.

Crowded airport

While London’s Heathrow Airport was crowded on Sunday morning, dozens of aircraft departed, leaving one for AMDM empty for the KLM service hub at 11:45 am, while two British Airways flights to the Dutch city were later canceled. Appeared in Most other operations were shown on time.

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The spokesman said the restrictions are very important. Heathrow had the busiest week since Britain’s first lockdown as people caught flights in the run till Christmas, and the reasons for the trip are still in large numbers, she said.

A spokesperson for Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam said that the planes arriving from London on Sunday were essentially empty. A spokesman said Deutsche Lufthansa AG has canceled the takeover of the crew in the UK and is taking further action.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited is reviewing its flight schedule in view of Tier 4 restrictions. Customers will still have the option to rebook on scheduled flights, although the airline, like British Airways, is only offering cash refunds for flights.

Cancel train

Eurostar International Ltd, which operates passenger trains via the Channel Tunnel, said Belgium’s decision to ban UK passengers from midnight tonight would force it to scrap services from London to Brussels on Monday, Spokeswoman Catherine Leonard said.

Even before the new curves, Eurostar was operating a minimum service of one train a day in each direction on most routes to allow emergency travel. He added that anyone traveling to London faces possible restrictions on their return as well as their destination, so this demand is very low.

However the journey was picked up somewhat in recent times as migrant workers in London used the train to return home for the holidays.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said more British Transport Police would be dispatched to stop people traveling outside London. Government Guidance for Tier 4 is not to stay home except for legally permissible reasons including travel for work and education.

“Please don’t come to a station unless you have permission to travel,” Shapps said in a statement. “Additional British Transport Police officers are being deployed only to ensure that those who need to make the necessary trips can travel safely,” he said.

London’s Metropolitan Police is also increasing patrolling, giving priority to high-footfall parts of the capital, as well as areas where the virus is spreading rapidly, he said. Statement. “At this critical moment for the city, officials across London will pay particular attention to groups that have ignored the rules, endangering communities and lives,” it said.

A police spokesman said, “Officers are deployed at the airport as part of regular security and policing.”

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News presenter Sophie Ridge this morning that it is more important than ever that people are responsible and not only stick to the rules but restrict all social contact as much as possible because “It is deadly serious.”

– assisted by Kitty Donaldson, Leanne Odeh, Anthony Palazzo, Siddharth Vikram Philip and Angeline Benoit

(The third paragraph adds a meeting of EU leaders, with Eurostar trains suspended.)

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