How far can I travel in lockdown?

Brits are eager to break free of lockdown restrictions, and new rules in action from Monday, June 1 mean English people are allowed to gather in ‘social bubbles’ of up to six people. Schools and some outdoor markets and car showrooms are also allowed to open today, while other non-essential shops are due to reopen on June 15. explains the rules on travelling.

How far can I travel in lockdown?

As of Monday, June 1, lockdown measures have been eased to allow some Brits to travel as far as they like.

In England and Scotland, there is no limit on how far you can travel, but you must keep to social distancing rules.

In Wales, people are being asked to stay locally. This has been defined as about five miles (eight kilometres).

Despite no legal limit being placed on English and Scottish people, Nicola Sturgeon has strongly advised Scots to stay within five miles of their home.

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Can I travel between England and Scotland or Wales?

Each of the devolved nations is treating the rules a little differently, making travelling between them complicated.

Overnight stays aren’t permitted since you cannot enter another person’s home except when accessing their garden.

Hotels and other accommodation services are not permitted or open either.

Because of all of this, travelling between countries is near impossible.

You would need to get to your destination and back home within the day in order to stick to the rules.

Can I go on holiday in the UK?

You cannot go on holiday in the UK yet, according to the latest advice.

At the daily conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister said: “We don’t want people to stay overnight, we don’t want people to go to other households and stay there, I’m just afraid we’re not at that stage.”

You can travel as far as you like, as long as you can get home in the same day.

Staycations are off-limits for now, so you will have to wait until measures are eased to book an overnight trip to the British seaside.

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Can I use someone else’s toilet?

While the Prime Minister has said that people shouldn’t be inside other people’s homes for purposes other than accessing the garden, it seems you can go to the toilet if you absolutely must.

At Thursday’s press conference, Professor Chris Whitty stressed the importance of keeping your hands clean when meeting up with others

He said: “If someone was to go into the loo because they had to do that, it’s absolutely critical that they wipe everything down, wash their hands all the way through.”

On the other hand, the Scottish first minister said: “Don’t go indoors. Being in someone else’s house should still be avoided unless of course you are providing support to someone who is vulnerable.

“We are not putting a legal limit on how far you can travel to meet another household, but please use your good judgment.

“If the distance is so far that you would have to use someone else’s bathroom, then perhaps you shouldn’t be doing it.”

Can I see my friends and family?

Previously, people in England were allowed to meet just one person from another household.

Now, you can meet up with six people from other households at a time.

Before, the rules meant these people could only meet in public outdoor spaces.

However, from Monday, June 1, people in England can meet up with five others in a private outdoor space.

This means you can have a gathering of six people in someone’s garden, and you may carefully enter the garden through their house.

You are not allowed to stay in another person’s home or even congregate inside.

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Mobility in GCC fell drastically amid Covid-19 shut downs, Google data shows

Bahrain experienced the least mobility reduction in the region, according to Google’s Community Mobility Reports

According to Google data cited by the Bahrain Economic Development Board, the kingdom experienced the least mobility reduction in the region at -21.7 percent

Overall mobility fell by an average of 36.9 percent in the GCC in May, with fewer visits to parks, grocery stores and workplaces, according to new data released by Google.

According to Google data cited by the Bahrain Economic Development Board, the kingdom experienced the least mobility reduction in the region at -21.7 percent, compared to -35.7 percent for the UAE, -36.8 percent for Oman, -39.5 percent for Saudi Arabia and -59.5 percent in Kuwait.

Residential mobility was the least impacted segment, as citizens and residents stayed home during Ramadan, with an average positive growth of 26.8 percent across the Gulf.

This was followed by the grocery and pharmacy category (-33 percent) and workplaces (-45 percent).

The most significant impacts were recorded in transit stations and parks, with average reductions of -60.1 and -53.8 percent, respectively, largely as a result of measures taken across the region to stem the spread of Covid-19.

“I feel very happy about what has been done,” said World Health Organisation regional director Ahmed Al Mundhari. “A lot of states, for example, Gulf countries, they have from day one preparing their system at points of entry in the airports and other points of entry to their country.”

The Google data formed part of the company’s Community Mobility Reports, which show national movement trends in categories including retail, parks, workplaces and transit.

The data shows visitor levels compared to baseline days, representing a pre-Covid value for that day of the week.

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Spain holiday warning: Canary Islands bans Britons as tourists return to Balearics

Holidaymakers could be allowed to holiday to the Canary Islands in just two weeks, according to a travel minister. While tourists will be welcomed from European countries, Britons could be banned from visiting the areas in Spain.


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The coronavirus crisis has caused countries across the world to go into a lockdown, in a bit to combat the disease.

Travel bans have meant many people have only been able to move between countries if it is absolutely essential.

However, policies in Spain are thought to be relaxed from July 1, making it easier for tourists to visit.

In the Canary Islands, tourists could go even earlier with a scheme allowing visitors in just two weeks.

However, holidaymakers from Britain will not be among those allowed early access, according to Spain’s minister of industry, trade and tourism in Spain, Maria Reyes Maroto.

She spoke about the possibility of foreign tourists entering the Canary and Balearic Islands in just two weeks.

If a pilot is approved by the Spanish government, holidaymakers could visit the islands weeks before Spain officially reopens borders.

According to reports, the Spanish government had been discussing plans with holiday providers including Jet2holidays and TUI.

However, she explained tourists granted access are likely to come from other countries in Europe.

The minister said the first holidaymakers to arrive could be from Germany and the Nordic countries, stating “at this moment at time their epidemiological situations are very good”.

Concerns about the current state of the coronavirus crisis in the UK could stop Britons from being allowed to visit.

Maria continued: “There the health situation still has to improve. For us, it is important to guarantee that people arrive healthy and leave healthy.”


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The Balearics Islands regional government has been campaigning for a test run to welcome visitors on June 16.

It was announced Spain would welcome tourists again as the coronavirus pandemic improved in the country.

Visitors can visit from July 1, although they will need to follow strict health rules including taking tests.

Britons hoping to travel to the Canary Islands could be asked to take a coronavirus test before leaving the UK.

Vice-president of the Government of the Canary Islands and Minister of the Treasury, Román Rodríguez said this will reduce the risk of infection for everyone.

He said: “We need people who get on the plane to do so with the least possible risk of infecting others or becoming infected.”

Britons may also be asked to quarantine for six hours when they arrive in Spain to ensure they don’t have any symptoms.

Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens

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Emirates airline warns passengers over phishing email scam

Email tells passengers that the flight has been cancelled

Emirates has provided correct email addresses that customers can check to ensure that it’s a genuine communication from the airline.

Emirates airline has warned passengers about the latest phishing email scam that is currently in circulation.

The Dubai carrier said the Covid-19-related phishing email scam, which is attempting to gain access to sensitive information, has a subject line of ‘Your flight is cancelled: collect your refund’.

Emirates has provided two correct email addresseses that customers can check to ensure that it’s a genuine communication from the airline.

“We’ve been alerted to recent email phishing attacks that contain the subject “Your flight is cancelled: collect your refund”. These are not emails sent from Emirates,” the statement from the Dubai carrier said.

“Please be careful to protect your personal information and don’t respond or click on links in such emails.

“The easiest way to detect a fake email is to look at the email address it was sent from. All official emails from Emirates are sent from one of these two email addresses: [email protected] or [email protected].”

In December last year, Emirates issued a warning about an email claiming to be from the airline, suggesting the recipient had been selected to take part in an ‘Emirates Rewarding Survey’. 

If a customer suspects their account may have been compromised, visit Emirates security page on its website.

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Saudia announces 60 daily flights as Covid-19 movement restrictions ease

Flights will be operated from the new terminal at Jeddah’s international airport

Saudia said that the first phase of its resumption of domestic operations will see the airline operate 60 flights a day to locations including Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, Jazan, Hail and Najran.

Saudi Arabia Airlines will begin operate dozens of daily domestic flights on May 31 following a decision from the kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the airline has announced.

In a statement, Saudia said that the first phase of its resumption of domestic operations will see the airline operate 60 flights a day to locations including Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, Jazan, Hail and Najran.

All domestic flights will be operated from the new Terminal 1 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The announcement comes as Saudi Arabia moves to ease restrictions from Thursday, May 28, which includes an easing of domestic travel in all areas of the kingdom with the temporary exception of Makkah.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia reported 1,931 new cases of Covid-19, bringing its total to 76,726, including 411 deaths.

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Reopen Plan Set For Services at Yellowstone National Park

With the final three entrances to Yellowstone National Park set to reopen on Monday, June 1, so too will limited services associated with visiting the park including lodging, camping, food and retail shops run by Xanterra Travel Collection.

The National Park Service began opening Yellowstone on May 18 (South and East entrances), and just announced this week that the remaining three entrances (North, Northeast and West) will open on June 1.

Opening and closing dates are subject to change based on future conditions and public health guidance as well as the ability to maintain a safe environment for visitors, employees and NPS staff.

At this time, only cabins with private baths are scheduled to open at the following locations:
Old Faithful Lodge (June 8-Oct. 4)
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (June 8-Oct. 25)
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (June 1-Nov. 1)
Lake Yellowstone Hotel (June 17-Oct. 4)
Lake Lodge (June 17-Sept. 2)
Canyon Lodge (June 19-Oct. 12)

Xanterra campgrounds are currently scheduled to open as follows:
Madison (June 15-Oct. 18)
Bridge Bay (June 17-Sept. 7)
Grant Village (June 17-Sept. 13)
Canyon (June 19-Sept. 20)
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Select dining outlets as outlined below will be open with “take out” options only. Based on current public health guidelines, dining room seating and dinner reservations are not available.
Mammoth Hot Springs Area
Terrace Grill (June 1-Oct. 12), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
Old Faithful Area
Geyser Grill at Snow Lodge (May 22-Oct. 25), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
Old Faithful Lodge Bake Shop (June 8-Oct. 4), take out only light meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria (June 8-Oct. 3), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
Canyon Area
The Eatery at Canyon Lodge (June 19-Oct. 12), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine
Yellowstone Lake Area
Wiley’s Canteen at Lake Lodge (June 17-Oct. 4), take out only food and non-alcoholic beverages
Lake Lodge Lobby Bar (June 17-Oct. 3), take out only beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails
Grant Village Area
Grant Village Dining Room (June 17-Sept. 13), take out only food and beverages including beer and wine

Select Xanterra gift stores in the following locations will be open, but with controlled access to comply with distancing standards:
Mammoth Hotel (June 1-Oct. 12)
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (May 22-Nov. 1)
Old Faithful Lodge (June 8-Oct. 4)
Lake Yellowst1otel (June 17-Oct. 4)
Canyon Lodge (June 19- Oct. 12)
Lake Lodge (June 17-Oct. 4)
Madison Campground (June 15-Oct. 18)

Tours and activities will be limited to guide boats, boat rentals, backcountry shuttle, and dock slips at the marina, horseback rides at Canyon Lodge Corral, and bike rentals at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Road-based tours, Scenicruise tours, Stagecoach rides, or the Old West Cookout will not be offered.

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TUI refund: Can’t get through to TUI for refund? Here’s how to apply

Holiday plans have been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic this year, and over the last few months many holidays have been cancelled. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel at the moment. So many Brits will need to rearrange or request refunds for any holidays booked over the next few months.

Due to the current circumstances thousands of customers need to reschedule their TUI holidays.

But many have been struggling to contact TUI’s customer services over the last few weeks.

TUI boss Andrew Flintham said: “We know we haven’t got it right; we’re doing everything we can to make things better and we’re sorry for the frustration felt by our customers.


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“Taking people on incredible holidays is what we do best, but we’ve struggled to get the right systems in place to support our customers now that we can’t take them on holiday, especially at the speed of change we’ve faced in recent weeks.

“We recognise the situation around travel this summer remains unclear and there’s still a lot of uncertainty around when we will all be able to travel again, and some customers may not wish to pay a final balance with so many unknowns.

“We’d like to sincerely apologise to our customers impacted by delays to refunds and the length of time it’s taken.

“We really look forward to taking people on holiday again as soon as we’re able to.”

Has my holiday been cancelled?

All TUI bookings are being continuously reviewed by the company, but at the moment only the following holidays have been formally cancelled:

  • TUI holidays travelling on or before June 30, 2020
  • TUI River Cruises sailings travelling up until and including November 25, 2020
  • TUI Lakes and Mountain holidays travelling up until and including September 30, 2020

Marella Cruises sailings on or before July 30, 2020 and all sailings detailed below

  • All sailings on Marella Celebration
  • Sailings on Marella Discovery 2 up to April 30, 2021
  • Sailings on Marella Dream up to May 4, 2021
  • Marella Discovery sailings in December 2020 and January 2021
  • Marella Explorer 2 sailings between May 5, 2021 to October 20, 2021


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How can I claim a refund from TUI?

If you booked before March 17, 2020, for a TUI or First Choice package holiday or a Marella Cruises sailing trip, and are due to travel on or before August 31, 2020, you can amend your holiday for free to any holiday which is on sale currently.

If the holiday you choose is more expensive than the original booking, you will need to pay the difference.

However similarly if your holiday is cheaper than your original booking, TUI will refund you the difference.

If you booked directly through the TUI website, or the TUI or First Choice app, you can amend your bookings via the Manage my Booking page of the site.

If you’re not happy with credit towards your next holiday, you can request a refund.

Once you have received a refund credit code, you can apply for a cash refund online.

You can access TUI’s refund request form HERE.

Web customers will receive their refund back on their original payment method, while retail customers will be contacted to process the refund.

The company has said it could take up to four weeks to process the refund.

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Google Maps: Street View spots strange figure hiding in bizarre place – where is he?

Google Maps Street View is used by people to help navigate their own country to destinations all around the world. More recently, the tool has been used to spot some strange occurrences. The tool is usually used as an online mapping service which is owned by Google.


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It offers satellite images, street maps, panoramic views of streets and route planning.

And from the hilarious to the embarrassing, the huge Google lens manages to capture it all.

Sometimes the most bizarre scenes go viral, catapulting the user to fame.

This bizarre image unfolded near North Miami Beach in Florida in the USA.

The scene unfolded in a carpark where a silver car can be seen.

Next to the silver car – which is parked in a parking spot – is a green, fenced off area.

The green fencing is made of chain links so it looks translucent.

At the back of the fenced off area is a bike along with some huge green bins.

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One of the fences is also a gate which is slightly open.

From afar, the scene looks relatively normal.

But if you look closely, you can see that a person is sitting behind the gate staring at the Google car.

The person appears to be wearing trainers, beige trousers and a sweatshirt.

It’s unclear whether it is a man or a woman sitting behind the gate.

The person seems to be sat casually on the ground with their legs crossed in front of them.

It’s not clear what the person is doing sitting on the ground next to a dumpster.

They could be the owner of the bike.

Or they could be waiting for someone to pick them up.

The strange sight was spotted by a Reddit user.

The user captioned the sight, “Guy chilling with the dumpsters.”

Interestingly, North Miami Beach used to be called Fulford-by-the-Sea in 1926.

It was renamed in 1931.

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How do you know if your hotel room is really clean amid coronavirus?

It’s almost impossible to find a hotel that hasn’t introduced a new sanitation program, promising its rooms are squeaky clean and will be coronavirus-free. How do you know if your hotel room is really clean?

a person standing next to a sink: Janitor cleaning sink in hotel room

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Janitor cleaning sink in hotel room

“It’s difficult to distinguish between legitimate cleaning efforts and public relations,” says Sheryl Kline, a professor at the University of Delaware who has researched hotel hygiene. “Anyone can do a visual inspection, and it can look clean. Just because it looks clean does not necessarily mean that it is clean.”  

Hotels have standard room-cleaning practices, which have been upgraded since the pandemic. But there is no universally accepted way to clean a hotel guest room, says Kline.

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Google Maps: Bizarre glowing object sparks UFO concerns

Google Maps Street View is a useful tool where users can see some of the world’s best landmarks. From the Eiffel Tower to The Empire State Building, Google Maps has it all. However while users navigate the world online, they have also uncovered some of the most bizarre sightings like this one in Romania.


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Eagle-eyed viewers have spotted what they claim to be a UFO hidden in a forest in Romania, just outside Timisoara.

Many have claimed that it could be a sign of extraterrestrial activity.

At first glance, the object is in a desolate area in the middle of a forest with trees surrounding.

The bizarre object is white and shaped almost like a spaceship with small holes around the edge.

The circular disks are what made people question if what they were seeing was a UFO.

Also because the spaceship-like object is in the middle of a forest surrounded by trees, people questioned why there was no human life around.

At closer inspection, it appears to be a water tower instead of a vehicle from outer space.

However, this didn’t stop users creating up their own ideas of what they thought it was.

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One user on Google wrote: “Amazing. Its Real, Been There And Seen It.”

However another said: “It is just a water filtering facility built in the architectural style of Wiener Secession.”

The image went viral and has been called Alien UFO Resort on the destination on Google Maps.

This isn’t the first time something strange has been spotted on Google Maps.


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Another image that left users with supernatural concerns was that in Florida.

This bizarre scene takes place in a desolate area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Reddit is a forum in which people share their weird and wonderful sightings with each other.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify what the object exactly is as half of the object is missing.

The object was spotted in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is located in southern Florida.

This is an area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle has long been associated with mysterious aircraft and bizarre sightings with some users claiming that they have seen aliens.

One Reddit user described this sighting as a “UFO sighting” because it is almost impossible to identify how far away the object is from the camera and it is definitely an object that is flying.

However another user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

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