Coronavirus: Full list of countries exempt from COVID-19 travel quarantine revealed | UK News

A full list of the countries exempt from the coronavirus travel quarantine has been released by the government.

People returning to or visiting England from around 70 countries and overseas territories deemed to have low rates of coronavirus will not need to self-isolate.

Fourteen British Overseas Territories are also included.

Among the countries not on the list are the United States, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Taiwan.

The exemptions will apply from 10 July.

The Department for Transport said the approved destinations pose “a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens”, but the list will be kept “under constant review”.

It has indicated that reciprocal arrangements between England and overseas nations have not been confirmed.

It is Downing Street’s “expectation” that a number of exempted countries will also not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate.

The full list is as follows:

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Coronavirus: Pubs can open at 6am tomorrow as lockdown measures are relaxed | UK News

Pubs in England will be allowed to open from 6am tomorrow as punters prepare to order their first pint in more than three months.

Downing Street has said the restriction is being relaxed at that time in the event “anybody would attempt to try to open at midnight” tonight.

Bars and restaurants in England will be opening their doors tomorrow after the government announced a further easing of lockdown measures.

Bartenders will wear face masks when serving drinks in some pubs

Downing Street said venues will not have to limit the amount of time people can spend inside.

Business owners have said they are feeling a mix of anxiety and excitement ahead of tomorrow, when drinkers and diners will be welcomed through their doors for the first time since March.

Ralph Findlay, chief executive of the pub and hotel operator Marston’s plc, said he believes 85% to 90%

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Brexit-backing home shopping tycoon Mills plots JML sale | Business News

The home shopping tycoon who was among the most prominent business backers of Britain’s departure from the EU has put his company up for sale just months before the end of the Brexit transition period.

Sky News understands that John Mills has instructed Cavendish Corporate Finance to contact prospective buyers of JML, a multichannel retailer of consumer products.

The process is at an early stage and is not expected to result in a deal for several months, according to people close to the process.

Mr Mills set up JML in 1986 in the basement of his north London home, since when it has grown into a business recording more than £100m in annual sales.

He continues to hold a roughly 70% stake in it.

As the founder of Labour Leave, the tycoon was a vocal supporter of Brexit.

Mr Mills, second to the right, was among prominent Labour figures
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Coronavirus: The big brands that have announced job losses over the past week | Business News

The grim toll of coronavirus-related job losses has accelerated in the last week.

Firms have seen their revenues decimated by the impact of the pandemic – and some are launching redundancy consultations before they start picking up some of the cost of furloughed workers from next month.

The government is gradually reducing the support available through the scheme before it ends in October.

Painful decisions for employers to come

After devastating economies across the globe, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on jobs is starting to bite, with the threat of unemployment reaching levels not seen since the 1980s.

Businesses have been forced to close, adapt or otherwise weather the disruption since lockdown in late March.

Here are some of the job losses to be recently announced:

Upper Crust – 5,000 jobs

Upper Crust logo job cuts - closed shop

High street reeling as job cuts mount

SSP Group – the company behind the Upper Crust catering brand

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