Covid restrictions may have lifted, but no Freedom Day for travel industry
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Covid restrictions may have lifted, but no Freedom Day for travel industry

Freedom Day may have offered a lifeline for nightclubs, theatres and event planners, but it offers little relief for the travel industry. 

On July 19, when the remaining Covid restrictions were lifted, new travel rules also came into effect; people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate when they return from an “amber list” country. 

However, the requirements and cost of testing as well as the uncertainty around varying rules for different countries still present major roadblocks for the travel industry, with low consumer confidence in booking trips.

It means while most industries are celebrating “freedom” after 16 months of lockdowns and Covid restrictions, the challenges of the pandemic remain for businesses like Dagenham Travel.

Managing director Farley Shelkin said: “We’re almost the only industry that still can’t trade.


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