Vaccine Passports – A new chapter for travel

By Matt Redley Following the year and a half that we have all had, we could all do with a holiday. As European countries with advanced vaccination programmes struggle towards the resumption of safe international travel, policy-makers and travel companies are grappling with how to facilitate travel whilst managing the risk of infection. To enable…

I need a cash-injection, stat! The fight against long COVID

By Pearce Branigan As the UK awaits the end to enforceable COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July after the longest period of peacetime restrictions on civil liberties since 1689, the signs from government indicate that we have seen the worst of the virus. Similarly, looking at the dramatic fall in hospitalisations, from the 39,254 patients hospitalised…

Government eases restrictions and bursts school bubbles

By Matthew Mann  As was widely expected, Boris Johnson last night confirmed that the majority of COVID lockdown restrictions in England will be lifted on 19 July, including – most controversially – the decision to make the use of face coverings optional. While Labour opposes the move, a number of ministers have said they will…

Planning a COVID-19 wedding

By Imogen Shaw My fiancé and I got engaged at the end of 2018 and started planning the wedding almost immediately. Both organisers by nature, we enjoyed about three months of feeling smug that we had managed to plan and book most of a fairly big wedding by autumn 2019, almost a year in advance…

Covid forever, and ever

By Simon Gentry And so 21 June slips to 21 July, but with schools set to re-open in early September, is it really wise to end all lockdown measures, wouldn’t it be wiser to wait till we had more information and until high school children have been vaccinated? And so it slips into the Autumn,…

Will ‘Freedom Day’ be later than we expect?

By Matthew Mann With Parliament in recess, Covid-19 restrictions and the debate over whether Boris Johnson will stick to the date of June 21 to ease restrictions in England continues to lead the news. The Prime Minister, no doubt to the consternation of many on his party’s backbenches, is being urged by a number of…

Those horns of a dilemma surface again

By Simon Gentry The American poet and activist Emma Lazarus said ‘until we are all free, we are none of us free’.  This has been brought up to date recently and amended to ‘until we are all safe, none of us is safe’, in reference to the campaign to get the whole world vaccinated against…

Cut-price Covid tests ease financial burden for future travellers

By Matt Redley Last Friday, the government delivered their hotly-anticipated announcement on the return to travel, offering hope to many who have had plans abroad cancelled or rearranged over the past year. Here, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps shared details of a traffic light system which would categorise countries according to the local prevalence of…

England Unlocks

By Tiffany Burrows Yesterday saw the latest easing of restrictions in England. Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons reopened and pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars are back serving food and drink outdoors. Gyms and leisure centres have opened their doors and pools and non-essential shops are once again welcoming customers. Outdoor attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens and drive-in cinemas are also permitted.  So what other joys…