#COVID19Chronicles-256: December 20, 2020–That went south fast: UK travel to and from EU being stopped

It’s ironic that in the week when COVID vaccines were being rolled out in several countries, including the UK, USA and Russia and a second (Moderna) vaccine was approved in the USA for emergency use, the COVID pandemic in the UK appears to be spiralling out of control.

A new strain of the COVID virus apparently is ravaging the south-east of England and spreading significantly faster than was the case before.

The seriousness of that was that London, the East, and the South-East were moved in a tighter ‘tier 4’, restricting most movement.

Early reports were that people were trying to flee the area ahead of the lockdown.

Other EU countries started to ban flights and other travel from the UK.

Scotland banned cross-border movement.

Police presence has been beefed up to help enforce that measure.

Now, EU travel from the UK have been banned.

Freight is already affected at the border with France.

Things were going pear-shaped, already, as the scornful attitude of sneering at thoughts of “cancelling Christmas“ saw PM Johnston accept that fact for a large segment of England:

It’s too early to say how drastic an impact the flight cancellations will have on UK travel; non-EU countries are beginning to ban travel from the UK. It could be a tolling bell for some Caribbean tourism, which is just starting its winter season from mid-December. It’s hard to see countries in the region being indifferent to arrivals from the UK, in light of this latest development.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

2 thoughts on “#COVID19Chronicles-256: December 20, 2020–That went south fast: UK travel to and from EU being stopped”

  1. Dennis

    The confusion isn’t the half of it. Unfortunately the government is not blessed with longsightednes. The do not seem able to see the obvious that Covid and BREXIT don’t mix. Short sightedness and stubbornness has meant that the opportunity to extend the transition period out of the EU has fallen to a pseudo machismo that will cost innocent citizen in the UK their lives and the pity is THEY VOTED FOR IT.😄😄😄😄


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