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Brits’ summer holidays could be saved by ‘traffic light’ system showing safe countries

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Could summer holidays be saved?

A map of Europe shows what the future of travel could look like with countries split into the worst and least affected zones by colour – with residents in green zones allowed to travel to other safe counties

In some European countries, authorities have begun to loosen their lockdown rules as the death toll from the devastating pandemic drops.

Now people have began to consider the opportunity of travel this summer – and if it can happen safely.

In England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the traditional summer holiday is unlikely to occur – as social distancing is set to continue.

Some parts of Spain have entered the “Phase One” transition of its coronavirus lockdown

He told ITV’s This Morning: “The conclusion from that is it is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to be possible for this summer.”

But governments abroad – whose lockdowns are now being relaxed – are still considering what can be done to boost the ailing tourism industry.

Now, a study from Madrid’s Esade Business School have proposed a solution.

It wants countries to split into ‘green’ and ‘red’ zones, determining the severity of Covid-19 in that area – and for people to travel accordingly.

The system could see travel between Bavaria, in Germany, and Crete, in Greece, authorised if they are awarded the ‘green’ label by the European Union.

Across borders, it could see train stations not stop at ‘red’ stations, whilst airports would not offer flights to some countries.

he policy proposal states: “Allowing ‘green bridges’ to exist between regions where the virus is under control – regardless of whether the latter are in the same country – could help save the tourism sector, the economic viability of several European countries, and probably also the balance within the European Union.”

This could see travel allowed between countries where the virus is deemed under control – meaning the rate of new infections is low, testing is ongoing and there is no risk of overwhelming hospitals.

A version of this system is already in place in France where the country has been split in ‘red’, ‘orange’ and ‘green’ zones.

News From: Mirror Online

Written by Nicky Wicky

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