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Tycoons and sports stars to be exempt from quarantine in controversial English travel rule

From Dec. 5, high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to England from countries not in a travel corridor.


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Senior company executives, elite sportspeople, and television production staff are among those travelers who will be exempt from COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for international arrivals in England, the government has announced.

“From 4 a.m. on Sat 5th Dec high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply,” transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter
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Under current rules, travelers from nonexempt countries have to quarantine for 14 days. However, from Dec. 15, they can cut this time to five days if they pay for a private coronavirus test under the government’s new Test to Release program. The tests will cost between £65 and £120.

Read: ‘Test to Release’ option can cut travelers’ quarantine time to five days — and make Christmas in England a possibility again

In a more detailed statement, the Department for Transport said that “individuals undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the U.K. economy — including activity that creates or preserves 50+ U.K. jobs — will no longer need to self-isolate when traveling or returning from nonexempt countries.”

It added that all travelers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the U.K., unless they fall into a small group of exemptions.

The move was criticized by Jim McMahon, shadow transport secretary of the opposition Labour Party, who tweeted: “Are you loaded? No quarantine.

“I hope the virus has been made aware of the rules and keeps well away from them.”

Labour lawmaker Ben Bradshaw also slammed the move, tweeting: “Is this a joke? What Is high value?”

However, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, welcomed the government’s initiative, saying the decision will bolster business travel and provide a significant boost to the fragile U.K. economy.

“Last year, international business travel contributed £7.5 billion ($10 billion) to the U.K. economy, which demonstrates how vital it will be to reviving the country’s battered economic fortunes,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and Chief Executive.

The news lifted shares in British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines
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which rose 2.06%, while Ryanair
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was up 1.22%, and easyJet
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edged 0.81% higher in Friday morning trading in London.

New guidelines published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Dec. 2 suggest that there is no increased risk to the spread of COVID-19 from passengers arriving by air.

“Travelers should not be considered as a high-risk population, nor treated as contacts of COVID-19 cases, unless they have been in known contact with a confirmed positive case,” the guidelines said, adding:

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Kim Kardashian shares shots riding bicycle but doesn’t address backlash over controversial vacation

Kim Kardashian shares shots riding a bicycle but doesn’t address backlash over controversial Tahitian birthday vacation

Kim Kardashian posted a series of photos from her Tahitian vacation to social media Sunday, showing her riding bicycles with her friends La La Anthony and Fai Khadra. 

In the shots, the reality star, 40, wore a black cap with black sunglasses, a brown top, a patterned black skirt and black sandals as she peddled on the bicycle, which had a basket upfront. She had her long brown blocks down on that idyllic day outside.

She was seen from multiple angles, and one of them walking across the bridge and in another, raising her arms up in victory on the beach in the tropical location alongside Anthony.

Paradise: Kim Kardashian, 40, posted a series of photos to social media as she rode on bicycles with her friends La La Anthony, 39, and Fai Khadra, 29, during her Tahitian vacation last month

Paradise: Kim Kardashian, 40, posted a series of photos to social media as she rode on bicycles with her friends La La Anthony, 39, and Fai Khadra, 29, during her Tahitian vacation last month

The mom-of-four – to girls North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, four, and Psalm, one, with husband Kanye West, 43 – did not address the controversy stemming from the South Pacific vacation she had with family and friends for her birthday last month, posting a bicycle emoji as the caption.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star last week tweeted about the vacation, which took place on an island once owned by Hollywood icon Marlon Brando.

‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,’ she wrote. 

She continued: ‘We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.’

Riding on: The mom-of-four did not address the controversy stemming from the South Pacific vacation she had with family and friends for her birthday last month

Riding on: The mom-of-four did not address the controversy stemming from the South Pacific vacation she had with family and friends for her birthday last month 

The good life: Kim was snapped raising her arms up in victory on the beach in the tropical location alongside Anthony

The good life: Kim was snapped raising her arms up in victory on the beach in the tropical location alongside Anthony

A source told Page Six: ‘The group was limited to Kim’s closest family and friends. Everyone on the trip was repeatedly tested for COVID before they left in the middle of the night on a private Boeing 777.

‘Once on the island they had lavish dinner after dinner, spa treatments and hikes through the nature sanctuary. There was no expense spared. Everyone was banned from posting on social media by Kim to ensure her privacy.’

The trip came under social media scrutiny for tone-deafness amid many Americans struggling with health and economic problems as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country.

The famed family made headlines again

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