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London Southend Airport announces July 19 rule changes on masks and social distancing

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Southend Airport has announced their new rules on masks and social distancing for after ‘Freedom Day’ next week.

Boris Johnson announced that the final stage out of lockdown, Stage 4, will go ahead on July 19 after months of social distancing and rules on face masks.

The original plan to ease social distancing rules on June 21 was postponed following concerns of the surge of the Delta coronavirus variant, which now reportedly makes up 98 per cent of current cases.

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But the PM stated that the legal rules on social distancing and wearing of face masks will be scrapped on July 19 and that people should decide for themselves whether they continue to wear a mask.

Following the announcement, Southend Airport has stated that they ‘continue to keep passengers and employees safe’ while travelling.

They have also announced the rules ahead of ‘Freedom Day’ next week.

The airport stated that masks will be ‘recommended within the terminal building’ but will be mandatory whilst on-board the aircraft.

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Hand sanitiser will also be dotted around every 20 paces around the airport, alongside ‘enhanced’ cleaning throughout.

The airport added that there will also be clear signage and social distancing markers are in place as well as protective screens at all face to face locations.

Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport said: “London Southend Airport welcomes news of restrictions easing, we continue to follow Government guidance and will continue to utilise the safety measures that the airport invested into during the pandemic to keep our passengers and employees safe whilst travelling.

“Masks will continue to be recommended whist within the terminal building. Following consultation with our current operating airlines, face coverings will continue to be mandatory whilst on board.

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“Hand sanitiser is positioned every 20 paces throughout the passenger journey and enhanced cleaning will continue to be maintained throughout.

“Clear signage and social distancing markers are in place as well as protective screens at all face to face locations.

“The London Southend Airport team are trained in Covid safety and will be on hand to support our customers who we look forward to welcoming to the airport.”

The government travel list is also due to be updated tomorrow (July 15), with popular tourist destinations, like the Balearic Islands potentially set to move back onto the amber list, it has been reported.

It could mean that people arriving back into England from an amber list country will have to isolate for 10 days.

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