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Social distancing still not getting through as scenes from Gatwick show



An image posted on Twitter appears to questions social distancing measures and how they are still not being adhered to.

The tweet posted this morning shows a crowded scene at check-in desks in Gatwick Airport.

Last night the Prime Minister made it clear that people were to stay at home wherever possible and for those who had to go out for work or for essential travel that social distancing measures must be followed.

But images from London showing crowded tube trains and construction sites with numerous workers in close proximity to each other clearly shows that the advice is still not being followed.

All non-essential businesses have now been asked to close. A full list of which businesses are to close and who may remain open is available here.

A Gatwick spokesperson said:

“Gatwick’s priority remains the safety of our passengers and staff.  Our staff have been strongly advising passengers to adhere to social distancing measures in the terminals by encouraging passengers to stay two metres apart from one another.

“This advice is being followed by most passengers, however, we are aware of unfortunate incidents when this guidance has been ignored.

“Gatwick will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England in full and have made hand sanitizer available in our terminals, with PHE guidance on hand washing also displayed prominently across the airport.”

Elsewhere children were seen using a skatepark in Southgate, Crawley. Council staff dispersed the users and said the skatepark was closed but as it was an open access site then there was no way to completely close it.


Empty skies: latest radar map around Gatwick shows reality of airline & travel crisis as COVID-19 takes over all our lives



Grounded, suspended, staff asked to take sabbaticals, others furloughed. The impact of the coronavirus is affecting all aspects of everyday life, none more so than the airline industry.

A recent snapshot of flights across the area and around Gatwick shows the true visual reality that the virus is having.

And staff across airlines are just some of those in the travel industry who have no idea how long this is going to continue for and for how long their jobs will be safe.

Virgin Atlantic were contacted after CN24 received alleged reports that staff who had chosen to take a sabbatical only hours before the government announced their Job Retention Scheme had been denied being allowed to be furloughed instead.

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said:

“Following the rapid acceleration of Covid-19 and extensive travel restrictions, coupled with a sharp drop in customer demand, it is imperative for Virgin Atlantic to take swift and decisive action to safeguard its future. We’re incredibly grateful to our people who took unprecedented collective action to support Virgin Atlantic in this time of crisis, opting into voluntary severance, sabbatical or unpaid leave spread across 6 months.

Over 99% of our people chose one of these options to help the company preserve cash and protect jobs. While we welcome the Chancellor’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, it does not change the need for us to take all possible self-help measures and we ask that our people stand behind the choices they made in order for the company to avoid taking more drastic action. We are confident we will weather this storm and we look forward to welcoming our people who opted for sabbatical back to the business when operations resume.”

As the country comes to the end of another week of lockdown there is now talk that measures set to prevent the spread of the virus may not be lifted till June.

Analysts are now reporting that demand for air travel, however, may not return for another year – and this is apparently a best-case scenario according to reports coming from an analyst at investment bank Stifel.

But the question is not whether the industry will recover, because of course it will. The question is how long can airline and travel businesses hold out till that time and for how long can the government keep paying out?

Satellites have shown that as the air travel has reduced so dramatically then so has the dangerous levels of pollution. But whilst this is good for the environment in the short term, it could actually have a major detrimental effect in the longer run.

This is because of the danger of an emissions surge that is likely to occur as the industry starts to recover.

So as we enter the Easter break the true fact remains that no-one is likely to notice much difference over their habits from the previous week. Possible less calls from home and maybe not much laptop usage for some. But for those in the airline and transport industry these quiet skies are not a welcome break from the droll noise pollution, but just another reminder that we are in the middle of a crisis and no-one knows when it will end.

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