London Coronavirus Information
Here you have all the latest information on London airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in London is no longer a threat.
Get an overview of the current coronavirus precautions in London and the UK by clicking here. Please visit the official website of the UK Government to see if any changes have been made or sign up here with your email to get a notification messenger with all updates.
Governmental Rules and Restrictions in London
It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions and minimise your social interactions to prevent coronavirus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s also very important to be careful.
Here are the latest rules and restrictions in London:
- Since Friday the 8th, England is in national lockdown and Londoners must stay home!
- If possible always work from home.
- Exercise by not traveling outside of your local area and only once per day.
- You can leave your home for essential purposes such as grocery shopping, buying medicine, doctor appointments, COVID tests, attending a place of worship or a funeral, education and registered childcare where children are eligible to attend.
- You must limit who you socialize with and only meet people in your care bubble or your household.
Is it safe to travel?
Latest Covid-19 Travel Articles
The New York Times on Vaccines and Masks
Here’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask
” The new Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna seem to be remarkably good at preventing serious illness. But it’s unclear how well they will curb the spread of the coronavirus.
That’s because the Pfizer and Moderna trials tracked only how many vaccinated people became sick with Covid-19. That leaves open the possibility that some vaccinated people get infected without developing symptoms, and could then silently transmit the virus — especially if they come in close contact with others or stop wearing masks.” Continue reading here
BBC on Approved Vaccines
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
“Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “excellent news” that a third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK.
It is made by US company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS.
The UK has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine – 10 million more than planned – but supplies are not expected to arrive until spring.
It is the last Covid vaccine with final trial data published. ” Continue reading here
BBC on WHO Investigating the origin of COVID
Covid: WHO team investigating virus origins denied entry to China
“A World Health Organization (WHO) team due to investigate the origins of Covid-19 in the city of Wuhan has been denied entry to China.
Two members were already en route, with the WHO saying the problem was a lack of visa clearances.
However, China has challenged this, saying details of the visit, including dates, were still being arranged.
The long-awaited probe was agreed upon by Beijing after many months of negotiations with the WHO.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019, with the initial outbreak linked to a market. ” Continue reading here
Travel Weekly on a less connected world
The world is less connected because of Covid, IATA report says
“The number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of October, according to a new report from IATA. In raw terms, that means that of the more than 19,300 city pairs that were connected by regular air service at the start of 2020, approximately 7,000 aren’t currently on airline schedules.” Continue reading here
How to safely store your luggage during the COVID-19 pandemic
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London Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the past few days)
- Sadiq Khan declares Covid emergency in London
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- London Covid: Group spotted playing football in Ilford park despite lockdown ban on team sports
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- London hospital trust cancels urgent cancer surgery due to Covid
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- 1 in 30 Londoners has Covid as city mayor declares a major incident
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London Coronavirus Travel Information
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers updated and at providing the latest information regarding the London coronavirus situation. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of London’s airports.
If you are stuck in a hotel room, we gathered all the information about airports and public transport to make things a little easier for you. Please make sure you check with your airline to find out whether there have been any alterations made to your travel plans.
For information on self-isolation in the UK, click here
For more information on foreign travel, entry requirements and travel warnings, click here
For guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus, click here
London Airport Information
– All flights now operate from Terminals 2 and 5
– Terminals 3 and 4 remain closed
– Rail operations continue to serve Terminals 2 and 5
– From 7th July 2020 American Airlines will temporarily be relocated from Terminal 2 to Terminal
– China South Airlines, Japan Airlines and Quatar Airlines have temporarily been relocated and fly from Terminal 5
– Only come to the airport if you are travelling
– Arrive at the airport 2 hours before a European flight and 3 hours before an international flight
–Travellers must obey the 2-meter social distancing measure
– Enhanced monitoring is in place for all flights
– For more information on essential travel advice, click here
London Public Transport
Public transport in London remains functional, however it is minimised in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is advised that pubic transport is used exclusively for essential journeys. If you do take public transport, please make sure you keep your distance from others. It is also advised that you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose and gloves for your hands while on the bus, train or metro.
You can plan your journey by visiting these pages first:
Keep up to date on public transit here:
- King’s Cross Station
- Paddington Station
- Euston Station
- London Bridge Station
- Victoria Station
- Pimlico Station
- Tottenham Court Road Station
- Charing Cross Station
- Westminster Station
Most London attractions have started to reopen. Here, you can keep yourself informed on attraction reopenings, daily opening and closing times and information on reduced capacity.
In the case that certain locations close again due to changes in restrictions, you can still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again if you are staying in London for a longer period of time.
Here is the list of London’s iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- Buckingham Palace – Reopened
- Kensington Palace – Now open Wednesday to Sunday
- British Museum – Working towards reopening
- Natural History Museum – Reopening on August 5th
- The National Gallery – Reopened
- London Eye – Reopened
- The Shard – Reopened
- Tower of London – Reopened
- Big Ben – Reopened
- Hyde Park – Open to public, but closes at 10pm (Brompton Cemetery and Greenwich Park close at 7pm and Kensington Gardens reverted to closing at normal time since May 11th 2020)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral – Reopened
- Westminster Abbey – Reopened; limited capacity, tickets must be booked via website
- Palace of Westminster – Reopened
- London Zoo – Reopened
- Royal Botanical Gardens – Reopened
What to do while currently in London
- Food delivery
The coronavirus situation doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Ubereats or other delivery websites, pick anything you want and have it delivered to your location.
- Watch a London-based movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch an movie that was filmed in London instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie based in London while you’re in London? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. Here is a list of the 11 Best Movies Set in London.
If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some texts that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for a an hour or two a day.
Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.
- Keep the communication going with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?
As we all know, keeping active is crucial to our well-being. When you’re stuck inside for a longer period of time and running or going to the gym is not always the best option, yoga and stretching are the way to go. These are activities you can do on your own floor or balcony. There are many videos online that you can follow while doing these activities, and you can also tune into live-stream yoga classes available online.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. We are in this together and every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?