Travel & leisure industry

Farron welcomes promise to help tourism through winter

The Prime Minister says there may be some financial support to help tourism businesses get through the winter.

But Boris Johnson said there were no plans to extend existing support packages, such as the coronavirus job retention scheme, which pays 80% of the wages of furloughed staff.

During Prime Ministers Questions today, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, pointed out to Mr Johnson that if tourism businesses made no money in the summer, most could then not make money through the winter.

Tim Farron

Will the Prime Minister provide a support package for tourism and hospitality in the Lakes, the Dales and elsewhere to see them through to the spring of 2021?"

Tim Farron

We are certainly looking at all sorts of packages to help the tourism industry, creative ideas to help the tourism industry, over the winter period so their winter can, as it were, continue to be a kind of summer."

Boris Johnson

What are the UK's new travel quarantine rules?

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A two-week quarantine period for UK arrivals comes in to effect on 8 June, with the home secretary expected to lay out regulations and update parliament tomorrow.

Most passengers will have to self-isolate for 14 days, and in England could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to do so.

More than 200 travel companies have written to the government asking for the plan to be scrapped and replaced with ‘’airbridges’’, whereby countries with low coronavirus levels could agree to exempt one another's residents from quarantine.

Some MPs have also voiced concerns about the measures, which the government says are being brought in to prevent a second wave of cases.

Read more about the new rules here