The travel industry should have been better prepared for the post-pandemic holiday rush, a government minister has said. After the recent half-term holiday, travel chaos was witnessed, leaving people stranded in airports. Lord Parkinson, the arts minister and former adviser to Theresa May, criticised the sector for not having done enough to prepare for the unexpected surge in travellers.
Lord Parkinson: travel firms should have been better prepared for post-pandemic surge
The government has urged travel firms to increase their staff numbers. Thousands of people arrive at Heathrow airport at 7 a.m. every night, but this has not changed for years. It is difficult to keep everyone informed of the current situation and to keep them busy, but this crisis could prove to be a lesson for the travel industry. The government is urging airlines to increase their workforce and airports to hire more staff.
The travel crisis will peak next week and will continue into the summer, according to a Government source. The pandemic had caused an unprecedented surge in travel demand and airlines and airports have been unable to recruit enough staff in time for the peak season. However, the government has supported the travel industry with billions of pounds in emergency funding to ensure the safety of their employees.
The COVID-19 virus has caused an outbreak in England and Wales, with travellers from these countries now restricted from entering certain countries. The government has eased restrictions on travel from the region, including requiring travelers to wear a face mask and wear protective equipment when entering crowded indoor spaces, and has issued guidelines on working from home. The UK government hopes to lift COVID-19 restrictions this week.
In the meantime, the travel industry has been struggling to recover from the previous outbreak of the disease. But as more people are being exposed to the virus, the number of infections rises. UK travel firms should have been better prepared, says Stephen Parkinson, a former adviser to Theresa May. The CDC has issued new guidelines for the testing of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs, which target the Omicron variant.
Rapid test for coronavirus
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a Rapid Test for Coronavirus by travel firms. The test is designed to identify people who have a current viral infection. The results show whether or not a person is infected with COVID-19. However, the results are not reliable in determining if the person is protected from the disease. Signature is a consortium member. Interested travel firms can add a link to order the test to their website.
As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to rise, testing is essential in tracking the spread of the disease and halting its transmission. Fortunately, there are now several places in New York City that offer these tests for free. However, if the test requires you to pay out of pocket, be wary. While the federal CARES Act mandates that these tests be free, insurance providers may still bill you for them.