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Thu May 21, 2020, 11:25 AM

Need a favor from you kind folks in the UK group re: restrictions, etc.

I am due to travel in a couple weeks to Essex to see my partner (it's been 6 months already). I've also been admitted to Birkbeck UCL to start a law degree in October (great timing). I cannot figure out where to find the most up-to-date guidelines on whether or not people have to quarantine (it's fine if I do, I just need to do it away from him and his kids for two weeks as they're all asthmatics); whether I can book a hotel for that purpose; etc., etc. The airlines send me to one government page that specifically for UK citizens and says nothing really about incoming travelers. The US Dept of State website is also unhelpful.

I'd appreciate any suggestions you have. TIA.

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Reply Need a favor from you kind folks in the UK group re: restrictions, etc. (Original post)
a la izquierda May 21 OP
muriel_volestrangler May 21 #1
a la izquierda May 21 #2
Soph0571 May 21 #3
a la izquierda May 21 #6
muriel_volestrangler May 22 #16
a la izquierda May 23 #17
T_i_B May 21 #4
a la izquierda May 21 #5
Soph0571 May 21 #7
a la izquierda May 21 #8
Soph0571 May 22 #13
a la izquierda May 22 #14
Soph0571 May 22 #15
T_i_B May 21 #9
a la izquierda May 21 #10
T_i_B May 21 #11
a la izquierda May 21 #12

Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 12:24 PM

1. The government seems to offer to find a place

which seems reasonable with the asthma problem - BBC report dated today:

Any passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train will have to provide an address where they will remain for two weeks.

The idea is to reduce the spread of coronavirus by minimising the contact international travellers have with other people when they first arrive.

The government has not given a starting date, but has said it wants the measures introduced "as soon as possible".

On arrival, travellers will need to provide UK Border Force officials with an address where they will self-isolate. Otherwise, accommodation will be arranged by the government.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52544307

Which links to this May govt paper:

Second, the Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to
self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK. Where international
travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in
accommodation arranged by the Government. The Government is working closely with the
devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884760/Our_plan_to_rebuild_The_UK_Government_s_COVID-19_recovery_strategy.pdf

When the virus first hit abroad, they had accommodation near Heathrow and Merseyside where incoming passengers were taken - that may still be available.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #1)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:28 PM

2. Appreciate this, thanks. I see the quarantine date hasn't been set...

This is what's causing some of the headache. If I can get an Airbnb flat in Essex, I'd much prefer that so at least I can cook and such.
But considering I'm grateful I'm even allowed to get on the plane, I'll take whatever I can get!

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #2)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:17 PM

3. I am sure that I have read somewhere they plan to start on 1/06/2020

But planning and doing are two different things with this government. How exciting for you to get over!! If you are going to Birbeck, when this is all over we must meet up for a drink. It is but a hop and a skip from where I am!

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #3)

Thu May 21, 2020, 04:20 PM

6. Excellent! I will do just that.

Iím sure itís June 1, but who knows. Iíll wait a few more days to decide where to stay.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #16)

Sat May 23, 2020, 06:15 AM

17. I arrive the 6th. I'm relieved.

I didnít want to have to stay in an airport hotel with no kitchen. A kitchen and the ability to run outside are all I need for now.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:32 PM

4. Whereabouts in Essex?

I spent 11 years living in Essex.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #4)

Thu May 21, 2020, 04:19 PM

5. Colchester

Itís a weird place but I love it.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #5)

Thu May 21, 2020, 04:46 PM

7. It is higgedly pigedly and marvellous!

I love the fact that it has streets of houses older than the discovery of America!

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #7)

Thu May 21, 2020, 04:59 PM

8. I'm waiting on admission there too.

Their human rights law program is stellar.

It reminds me of New Jersey in some weird ways. I love it so.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #8)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:35 PM

13. They have announced today the quarantine for inbound will be from the 8th n/t

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #13)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:07 PM

14. I arrive on the 6th! I'm ecstatic!

Iím going to stay away from my man for five days, after he picks me up, but Iím so, so excited!!!

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #14)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:09 PM

15. Oh that is bloody brilliant!!!!!

It would have been so shit to be so near but so far for two week. Yay to the both of you!

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #5)

Thu May 21, 2020, 05:36 PM

9. I lived in Colchester for 3 years

I loved it there. The history of Britain's oldest town is something I definitely appreciated. I still have a few friends there and like heading back to old haunts like The Vic and the Odd One Out.

Wivenhoe (a small village near the University) is also somewhere I really like.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2020, 05:38 PM

10. I'll hopefully be living there this time next year.

I'm tired of a commuter relationship, and it was a new one at that when I left!
Three Wise Monkeys is my favorite place, but pretty much any pub that shows football is where I am on weekends. And I love running in Castle Park.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #10)

Thu May 21, 2020, 05:42 PM

11. I've actually been messaging somebody from 3 Wise Monkeys today!

Small world.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #11)

Thu May 21, 2020, 05:56 PM

12. I doubt I'll get to go on this trip, but who knows.

I bought a gift card back in March for use this summer...it might have to wait until I move.

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