COVID-19 Information and Global Service Updates Statement 2nd July 2020

UPDATE AS OF 15.27 (GMT) Thursday 2nd July

The EU has decided its borders will be reopened to citizens from 15 non-EU countries including South Korea, Canada, and Japan. China also features on the "safe" list however it is subject to a reciprocal agreement, which is still pending.

The UK is expected to publish a list of around 75 countries that will be exempt from travel quarantine rules from Monday by the end of the week, government sources have indicated.

In England, Leicester has had lockdown measure reimposed after an increase in cases, schools have closed and all non-essential shops have ceased to trade. People in the lockdown area have been told to stay at home and follow previous guidance.  While the area affected by the measures has been mapped, there has been little information on the timing or policing of the regional lockdown.

The two-metre social-distancing guidance will be retained in Scotland but exceptions will be allowed for some sectors, including hospitality, from the end of next week. From Friday, the five-mile travel restriction for leisure will be lifted. But people in the areas Annan, Gretna, Dumfries, Lockerbie, Langholm and Canonbie are urged to abide by the five-mile restriction after a rise in cases.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wales have been given the go-ahead to reopen from 13th July but only for outdoor service.

Lebanon’s only international airport has reopened after being closed for more than three months.

International flights to and from Greece have resumed, although visitors from Sweden and the UK will not be allowed in until 15th July.

The border between Portugal and Spain has reopened. Portugal continues to reimpose lockdowns around Lisbon to tackle a rise in cases.

All foreign visitors were barred from entering Taiwan on 16th March and locals have been urged since March to only travel abroad for emergencies, however some tourism flights resumed this week.

Serbia has reimposed and tightened lockdown restrictions in certain parts of the country as infections rise once more.

In Melbourne, Australia several areas have had lockdown measures reimposed. The order applies to 10 postcodes which have seen the majority of the 370 active cases in the state of Victoria.

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