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14 Aug 2020 | 05:16 PM UTC

UK: Authorities further ease lockdown restrictions in England August 14 /update 39

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Authorities further ease COVID-19 restrictions but stiffen punishment on rule violations in England on August 14; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the further easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in England on Friday, August 14. From Friday, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and casinos will be allowed to reopen. Indoor performances, music, and theater events can also resume. However, the government increased the fine for those who repeatedly refuse to wear face masks to 3200 GBP (4175 USD). The full list of places where wearing a face covering is compulsory in England can be viewed here.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Thursday, August 13, that travelers from France and the Netherlands will no longer be exempt from quarantining for 14 days upon arrival in the UK. Other countries set to be removed from the list of countries exempt from quarantine measures are Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba. The new measures for travelers from these countries will apply from 04:00 (local time) on Saturday, August 15, and are based on rising infection rates of COVID-19. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have also amended their travel advice for these countries to advise against all but essential travel. Authorities similarly re-imposed quarantine measures on travelers from Spain from July 25, and Andorra, Belgium, and the Bahamas from August 8.

As of August 14, there have been 315,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK with 46,791 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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