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  2. Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020 The latest number of deaths recorded in all settings across the UK is 11 – the lowest figure since 13 March. The British Retail Consortium has said that together with other social distancing measures, face coverings can make shoppers feel even more confident about returning to the high street. We have therefore come to the decision that face coverings should be mandatory in shops and supermarkets. Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt. The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual. Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police if people refuse to comply, the police have the formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/face-coverings-to-be-mandatory-in-shops-and-supermarkets-from-24-july?utm_source=c6b2ee0b-9d00-4bab-9401-7e2afb1f6d21&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily
  3. Thank you Legal Eagle, To confirm here is the reference where the exact wording is . . . "You must not stay overnight in another household that is not in your support bubble, unless it is for the limited set of circumstances outlined in law" Remember also that, "It is a criminal offence to (i) meet indoors with anyone who is not a member of your household or, from 13 June, your support bubble, except for specific exceptions set out in law (ii) meet outdoors in a group of more than six with people who are not in your household or support bubble, except for specific exceptions set out in law" But, "you can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance, as long as you can return the same night and do not put others at risk because of services you may need in the time you are away". A full list of email links published by the government can be found here.
  4. Admin comment: We used to associate names with specific reactions but when allowing a more balanced response by adding the first negative reaction ( ) it caused more problems than it solved and these had then to be dealt with by our moderators. Consequently the decision was taken to make all reactions anonymous thereafter. Back on topic now please...........
  5. Industry releases guidance and best practice for caravan parks to operate safely Caravan and motorhome dealerships to reopen amid growing interest during COVID-19 crisis Motorhome /caravan dealerships to reopen on 1 June 2020 Surge in staycation and UK destination interest The industry has released guidelines for caravan parks to coincide with the announcement that caravan and motorhome dealerships can reopen on 1 June alongside car showrooms. The guidelines will ensure strict social distancing and hygiene protocols are in place for when visitors with holiday caravans, motorhomes and touring caravans can return to parks. The trade body, the NCC (National Caravan Council), now urges the government to enable parks to reopen as soon as possible. In the meantime, motorhome and caravan dealerships across the country are preparing for reopening on Monday, after a surge in interest online in caravans and motorhomes. British leisure vehicle manufacturer, Swift Group, recently revealed its web traffic has increased over 40% since the Prime Minister’s statement on 10 May compared to the two weeks prior, with growth driven by a younger audience between 18 to 44 years old, whose visits to the site are up by nearly 50%. Nick Page, Group Commercial Director from Swift Group explains: “We are seeing a really promising trend emerging, which after a hard-few months for the industry, is welcome news to UK caravan and motorhome manufacturers. Holiday parks are a brilliant option to enable social distancing, and as caravans and motorhomes are self-contained, will be one of the safest holiday options for those looking to get out around the UK this year.” An NCC survey from this week confirmed 93% of those surveyed intend to holiday or take a short break in the UK after the lockdown compared to 84% who booked/planned a UK holiday or short break beforehand. This demonstrates a substantial shift towards UK domestic tourism as an option for holidaymakers. In the first months after lockdown, 70% of UK adults said they perceive a holiday caravan-based UK break as a socially acceptable activity. Motorhoming did even better, with 77%, indicating it as an appealing option. These holiday types were regarded as much more acceptable than, say, a city break to a major European city. A Longwoods survey found that 82% of people travelling in 2020 made changes to their travel plans due to COVID-19. In further good news for the industry, the NCC's members’ recent lobbying campaign, to ensure that motorhome and caravan dealerships in England can open at the same time as car showrooms, has been successful. The government has now confirmed caravan and motorhome dealerships, most of which are predominantly outdoors, can reopen in England on 1 June. The NCC is also working with the government to allow the safe re-opening of caravan holiday parks and touring sites in England as soon as possible. At present those offering holiday accommodation - such as hotels and resorts as well as caravan parks – may be permitted to open from 4 July. The NCC is calling on the government to lift the closure notices on caravan parks across the UK so they can reopen as soon as possible, as it issues extremely robust safety guidelines. The guidance outlines advice to enable caravan parks to develop their own COVID-19 safety protocol and give assurances that measures have been put in place to protect staff, customers and, as a consequence those in the nearby local community, so they can reopen. A phased opening of caravan parks has been proposed by the NCC to the government. Unlike hotels, there are no safety issues with shared facilities or accommodation at caravan parks, as the units are self-contained and 95% are privately owned, thus providing a safe form of holiday accommodation. Caravans and motorhomes are ‘socially distanced by design’ and rules on parks mean that caravans must be 5 or 6 metres apart. The vast majority of caravans have their own cooking and washing facilities, providing the safest form of holidaying possible at the moment. NCC Director General, John Lally commented: “The reopening of dealerships is a huge relief for the industry as we are able to start to respond to the public interest in both renting and buying caravans and motorhomes in the coming months. The UK’s holiday parks benefit from rural and coastal locations, away from densely populated urban areas, and each park is working to put in place social distancing measures which will make it the best option for holidays in the UK this year. We are working with the government to look into reopening holiday parks as early as possible with strict social distancing measures, as outlined in the guidance, to enable the industry to get back to work and hard-working families to enjoy full use of their caravans again.” The NCC’s Freedom To Go website www.freedomtogo.co.uk, enables holiday makers to rapidly search for campsite and holiday park options from one location, as well as find motorhome and caravan dealerships to source vehicles for their late summer getaways. In National Camping and Caravanning Week, thousands have been sleeping out in their driveways with the Camping and Caravanning Club as they plan getaways for when lockdown measures are lifted. Media release 29th May 2020 - for immediate distribution Footnote: The National Caravan Council (the NCC) is the UK trade association representing the touring caravan, motorhome, caravan holiday home and residential park home industries. It represents more than 550 companies across 850+ different UK outlets, and is the only UK trade association that represents the entire supply chain including holiday/residential parks, dealerships, manufacturers, workshops, and suppliers of specialist services and products.
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  8. What is a pandemic? According to the World Health Organisation, a pandemic is defined as the “worldwide spread of a new disease.” When a new disease first emerges, most of us lack the natural immunity to fight it off. This can cause a sudden, sometimes rapid, spread of the disease between people, across communities, and around the world. Without a natural immunity to fight off an illness, many people can become sick as it spreads. The World Health Organisation is responsible for announcing the emergence of a new pandemic based on how the spread of the disease fits into the following 6 phases: Phase 1. Viruses circulating among animal populations haven’t been shown to transmit to human beings. They’re not considered a threat and there’s little risk of a pandemic. Phase 2. A new animal virus circulating among animal populations has been shown to transmit to human beings. This new virus is considered a threat and signals the potential risk of a pandemic. Phase 3. The animal virus has caused disease in a small cluster of human beings through animal to human transmission. However, human to human transmission is too low to cause community outbreaks. This means that the virus places humans at risk but is unlikely to cause a pandemic. Phase 4. There has been human-to-human transmission of the new virus in considerable enough numbers to lead to community outbreaks. This kind of transmission among humans signals a high risk of a pandemic developing. Phase 5. There has been transmission of the new virus in at least two countries within the WHO region. Even though only two countries have been affected by the new virus at this point, a global pandemic is inevitable. Phase 6. There has been transmission of the new virus in at least one additional country within the WHO region. This is known as the pandemic phase and signals that a global pandemic is currently occurring. As you can see above, pandemics aren’t necessarily defined by their growth rate but rather by the spread of the disease. However, understanding the growth rate of a pandemic can still help health officials prepare for an outbreak. Pandemics in the past century The world has experienced seven notable epidemics since 1918. Some of these epidemics have been classified as pandemics, and all of them have had a serious effect on the human population in some way. Preparing for a pandemic is a community effort that we can all take part in to lessen the impact of the illness on our communities and around the world. 1918 flu pandemic (H1N1 virus): 1918–1920 The 1918 influenza pandemic took the lives of anywhere from 50 to 100 million people around the world. The so-called “Spanish Flu” was caused by an H1N1 virus that spread from birds to humans. People aged 5 and younger, 20 to 40, and 65 and older all experienced high mortality rates. 1957 flu pandemic (H2N2 virus): 1957–1958 The 1957 influenza pandemic took the lives of roughly 1.1 million peopleTrusted Source worldwide. The “Asian Flu” was caused by an H2N2 virus that also spread from birds to humans. This strain of the flu affected people primarily between the ages of 5 and 39, with the majority of cases occurring in younger children and teenagers. 1968 flu pandemic (H3N2 virus): 1968–1969 In 1968, the H3N2 virus, sometimes called “Hong Kong Flu,” was another influenza pandemic that took the lives of around 1 million people around the world. This flu was caused by an H3N2 virus that mutated from the H2N2 virus from 1957. Unlike previous flu pandemics, this pandemic primarily affected older people, who had the highest mortality rate of the outbreak. SARS-CoV: 2002–2003 The 2002 SARS coronavirus outbreak was a viral pneumonia epidemic that took the lives of over 770 people worldwide. The SARS outbreak was caused by a new coronavirus with an unknown transmission source. Most of the infections during the outbreak started in China but eventually spread to other countries around the world. Swine Flu (H1N1pdm09 virus): 2009 The 2009 Swine Flu outbreak was the next influenza pandemic that caused the deaths of somewhere between 151,700 and 575,400 people around the world. The Swine Flu was caused by another H1N1 virus variant which originated from pigs and eventually spread through human-to-human contact. It was discovered that a portion of people aged 60 and older already had antibodies against this virus from previous flu outbreaks. This led to a higher percentage of infection in children and young adults. MERS-CoV: 2012–2013 The 2012 MERS coronavirus caused a disease characterized by severe respiratory illness that had a 34 percent mortality rate and took the lives of 858 people, primarily in the Arabian Peninsula. The MERS outbreak was caused by a coronavirus that spread from an unknown animal source to humans. The outbreak originated in Saudi Arabia and was contained primarily to the Arabian Peninsula. Ebola: 2014–2016 The 2014 Ebola outbreak involved a hemorrhagic fever epidemic that took the lives of 11,300 people, primarily in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak was caused by an Ebola virus that is thought to have been initially transmitted from batsTrusted Source to humans. Although the outbreak started in West Africa, it spread to eight countries in total. COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): 2019–ongoing The 2019 COVID-19 outbreak is a viral pandemic that’s currently ongoing. This is a new illness caused by a previously unknown coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. The infection rate, mortality rate, and other statistics are still developing. This is the background behind the government's five tests shown below, and the change of emphasis outlined in the PM's address of 10th May 2020.
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  10. Spending time with family, going out, and holidaying are the most looked forward to ‘post lockdown’ activities, an NCC study shows Increase in staycation likely, as shift towards UK destinations is revealed Leisure vehicle/caravan holiday home vacations seen as more desirable The NCC (National Caravan Council) has released the results of a new study into consumer attitudes towards holidays and short breaks pre and post lockdown. The report shows, unsurprisingly, that a significant number of people had their pre-August 2020 holiday plans disrupted by COVID-19. However, 66% of consumers whose UK holidays plans had been impacted say they are likely to take UK holidays or short breaks in the second half of 2020, (provided the restrictions are lifted before then). If realised, this intent would mean the UK represents the lion’s share of consumer holidaying and breaks in the second half of the year, and is significantly greater than interest in non-UK destinations in that time period. It would also mean a substantial shift towards UK domestic tourism as an option for holidaymakers. This study shows that, of those who were planning to travel to Europe, only 42% are now likely to take European trips before end of December 2020; and of those planning non-European trips, just 21% are likely to book. Given the focus on social distancing during the pandemic, in the first months after the lockdown, 70% of UK adults said they perceive a holiday caravan-based UK break as a socially acceptable activity. Motorhoming did even better, with 77%, indicating its acceptability. These holiday types were regarded as much more acceptable than, say, a city break to a major European centre like Paris or Madrid. This news will hearten the UK’s huge network of holiday parks and tourist attractions, as well as our motorhome and caravan businesses, as we look likely to see a shift towards domestic tourism. The UK’s holiday parks industry is already gearing up to make reopening as safe as it possibly can, while ensuring it can cope with the increased interest from additional staycationers. NCC Director General, John Lally commented: “This insight is great news for our industry. Our holiday parks benefit from rural and coastal locations, away from densely populated urban areas. Units are usually located a minimum of 5m away from each other and enjoy their own services and facilities, which allows caravanners in their tourers, motorhomes or holiday caravans to be independent. Each one is separate with no shared doors or communal access areas. So, they are more suited to social distancing than many other types of holiday accommodation.” Looking ahead to 2021 holidays (assuming restrictions are lifted), significant numbers of people still want to take trips next year. With this comes a continuing shift in attitude towards the UK as a destination, compared to pre-COVID-19 travel. John Lally continues: “Sixty-four percent of consumers say they are likely to take trips in the UK in 2021, whereas pre-COVID just 38% claim to have been planning a UK holiday - a potentially significant shift. The UK holiday parks industry offers such a wide range of holidays and has great potential to provide freedom, enjoyment, open air activities and time with family. As we emerge from this huge challenge for Britain’s tourism industry, we say “long live the great British holiday.” Finally, what are most UK adults looking forward to – as well as the great British holiday - after restrictions are lifted? The three top-ranked activities (82% of UK adults selected at least one of these activities) are: i) Spending time in person with friends and family ii) The freedom to go out without thinking about it iii) Going on holidays or short breaks Media release 4th May 2020 - for immediate distribution Footnote: The National Caravan Council (the NCC) is the UK trade association representing 550 companies in the touring caravan, motorhome, caravan holiday home and residential park home industries, and the NCC worked with Populus, who run polls on a range of topical issues and they interviewed a random sample of 2,050 adults online across the UK between 22 April and 23 April 2020 and the results weighted to be representative of all UK adults.
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  14. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to address the nation at 8pm today on TV
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