Quick tests, key to reopening bars and clubs: Boris

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Scotland’s Prime Minister provides an update on the Covid-19 pandemic to the Scottish Parliament yesterday, in Edinburgh

At a press conference from the official residence, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, stated that the fastest way to open the hospitality sector is the application of rapid tests in each establishment.

This, in combination with the vaccination massive that is already applied in the UK (433 thousand daily doses on average, in the last week), would be the bet of his administration to return the sector to a new normal; particularly to the discos, which have been closed since March.

The also leader of Conservative Party He said that, in the same way, this scheme could be applied to theaters and cinemas, which had brief opening periods in summer and autumn, but which remain closed today.

After the message of Johnson, Michael Kill, president of the Night Industries Association (promoting the interests of bars, casinos, nightclubs in the UK), expressed doubts about the rapid test scheme, its cost, as well as its reliability. But he also pointed out that “we finally have some recognition from the prime minister and the government about (…) the business of the night economy.”

Also, Johnson announced that next week he will present the “roadmap” to lift the general restrictions in England, including dates, methods of reopening and concrete actions of the government. The premier said that he expects this uprising to be “the last” and “irreversible”, but called for strict adherence to sanitary measures.

In Scotland, the regional government headed by the nationalist Nicola Sturgeon announced that starting Monday, February 22, students from 4 to 7 years old will be able to attend face-to-face classes. Other levels such as secondary schools will continue in virtual mode, at least until March 15. On the other hand, Sturgeon warned that the other restrictions on businesses and social gatherings, among others, will be maintained, at least, until March 1.

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There will be dialogue to agree on the passage of artists through the EU


The British government announced yesterday that it plans to make separate agreements with each of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) to try to allow artists to circulate without a visa within the block, something they can no longer do because of the Brexi.

After leaving the EU on December 31, 2020, the British government suffered a shower of criticism for not having negotiated visa-free travel for artists and their teams on tour, within the framework of a free trade agreement with the EU.

The Secretary of Culture, Caroline Dinenage, said that achieving a solution with the 27 together would be something “very complicated.”


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