After concerns about the spread of a new variant of coronavirus, over 40 countries have announced that they will be banning all arrivals from the United Kingdom.
Despite many people hoping to see loved ones over the Christmas period, flights have been suspended from the UK to many different locations worldwide. This includes Spain, India and Hong Kong.
Moreover, other countries that have banned UK arrivals include Germany, Ireland, Russia, Switzerland and Canada.
France has also shut its border with the UK, which is thought to last until Christmas Eve. British lorries attempting to transport goods into France have been parked on the carriageway in the port of Dover, causing chaos since the announcement on Sunday evening. Approximately 10,000 lorries are meant to travel through this port per day during the Christmas period.
In a press conference at Downing Street broadcast to the UK public on Monday 21st December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We are working with our friends across the Channel to unblock the flow of trade as fast as possible.”
There is some concern amongst the UK public that these restrictions may result in food shortages in supermarkets. However, the prime minister’s official spokesman has said that people should “shop normally” and “continue to be considerate”.
The consensus among UK citizens seems to be that no one wants to see a repeat of scenes that played out at the beginning of the first lockdown in March, when panicked shoppers cleared the shelves of many essential items.