New guidance has been released by The Department of Transport for passengers and airports to allow for safe travel, including checking in hand luggage.
The Department for Transport has published new aviation advice for passengers on how to safely travel.
The guidance has been produced by the government’s International Aviation Taskforce in collaboration with the industry and will provide passengers with vital information on how to practise social distancing at each stage of their journey.
The advice includes wearing face coverings when in the airport, washing hands after touching any surfaces checking in all baggage – including hand luggage – and remaining seated as much as possible during the flight.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said: “The government’s advice currently remains to avoid all non-essential travel, but today we are taking the necessary steps to ensure a framework is in place for the aviation industry to bounce back when it is safe for restrictions on travel to be lifted.”
Tim Hawkins, chief strategy officer at Manchester Airports Group, added: “This new guidance provides the basis for the restart and recovery of the UK aviation industry – it offers clear information for us, our passengers and our airlines on the steps needed to create a safe travel experience.
“The guidance is the result of strong collaboration between government and the aviation industry, drawing on advice from independent medical and scientific experts who have looked specifically at what safety measures are needed at each stage of the travel process.
“With similar protocols being adopted in other countries, and a targeted approach to reopening travel to low-risk countries, we will have the elements in place to get our economy moving again and protect jobs throughout the whole aviation supply chain.”
People are advised to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly or use hand sanitiser where washing facilities are not available.
People are also urged to not touch their face and cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Face coverings should be worn in airports and onboard aircraft. You should take your own face covering and bring spares for longer journeys – some airlines will stop you from boarding if you don’t have one.
You will need to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers or police staff for purposes of identification. Some airports are taking temperatures before boarding.
There is also new guidance to operators which includes supporting staff with safe practises and workplaces. There should be extensive cleaning of aircraft, and increased availability of handwashing and hand sanitising facilities.
It also says to reduce face-to-face interactions with passengers.
Passengers are urged to avoid the busiest routes and times and to keep their distance throughout their travelling.
Travel solo unless travelling with your household, avoid walking around the airport and mixing with people you don’t normally meet. Non-passengers should only enter the airport where needed, for instance picking up a passenger who requires assistance.
You should not travel if you have experienced coronavirus symptoms within the past two weeks, are self-isolating or share a household with someone experiencing symptoms.
If you, or anyone in your household, are showing symptoms of coronavirus your household should isolate and arrange for tests.
Before planning a trip, understand the public health requirements and restrictions of your destination country, and when re-entering the UK.
Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school
He’s the second person to be arrested
A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.
The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.
He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.
He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.
West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.
“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.
“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”
Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor
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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.
He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.
There’s also unit price limits for companies.
Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.
As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.
He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.
Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.
As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.
This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.
Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28
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Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.
Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.
He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.
According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.
He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.
Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.
“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.
“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.
“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”