Saga insists on vaccinations as the elderly lead a wave of holidays – Forbes Advisor UK

Over 50-year-old cruise and holiday operator Saga is insisting that all of its customers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travelling, as cases of the virus in the UK reach their highest level ever. three million.

The news comes as Pimlico Plumbers announced it would be carrying out coronavirus tests on its staff and visitors.

The last three weeks have seen a surge in holiday bookings for the over-50s, with industry voices citing ‘vaccine confidence’ as the cause.

In his report on the pandemic impact on seniors, SunLife asked over 1,000 people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s what they were most looking forward to after lockdown, and vacation/travel is here on your mind.

Sunlife’s Ian Atkinson said: ‘It’s clear from our research that there are a lot of things that people over 50 are desperately missing and can’t wait to get back to. We found that four in five who booked holidays between March and December 2020 canceled them, so it’s perhaps no surprise that holidays topped the list.

“As the older generations are vaccinated first, they are poised to drive up spending, especially in some of the hardest hit areas of the economy, such as travel, bars and restaurants and the beauty.”

Currently, the government advises against all travel, including cruise ships, except for a legally permitted reason. The government says: “Cruise ship travel means overnighting for at least 1 night on a cruise ship at sea with people from multiple households.

“Our cruise disadvise applies to international travel on a vessel intended exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other recreational facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.

“Our advice does not include ferries or privately hired boats.”

More than 10 million people in the UK have received a first vaccine, according to the government.

Saga continues

Saga had planned to resume ocean cruises in April and May but pushed back the dates by a month to give people more time to get their shots.

He specifies that his customers must have received the two doses of their vaccine at least 14 days before their departure. Those who cannot produce proof of vaccination will not be allowed to board.

Cruise passengers will need to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated before boarding, while other guests on vacation will need to self-declare when booking.

Saga recommends that all passengers also be vaccinated against the flu, but those who do not have this vaccine will still be allowed to travel.

Customer capacity on cruises will be reduced to a maximum of 800 per ship, and there will be improved and expanded medical facilities on board.

If for any reason a customer needs to modify or cancel their reservation, alternative dates or a full refund will be offered.

Saga says his staff will undergo regular COVID testing and he also says he is monitoring the situation in the Philippines, where most of his staff are from.

He said: “The health and safety of our customers has always been our number one priority, so we have made the decision to require everyone traveling with us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Our customers want to be reassured by the vaccine and to know that others traveling with them will also be vaccinated. To give our customers time to get vaccinated, we are postponing the date of restarting our travel operations to May. »

Passport to Pimlico

Pimlico Plumbers has announced that all visitors to its London headquarters will be tested for coronavirus, including interviewees and new hires.

It will also carry out coronavirus tests on its 450 staff, including its engineers, frontline security staff, managers and call center operators, after a pilot on its new apprentices last week.

So far during the pandemic, the company has used PPE and social distancing measures while working from customers’ homes. It carried out thermal temperature checks to try to identify staff with possible symptoms of COVID-19.

Charlie Mullins OBE, Founder and Chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “COVID testing is an ambitious undertaking, but it is also a no-brainer and a no-brainer that all responsible companies should do while the government continues the critical activity of vaccinate the whole population of the UK.

“Hopefully the vaccine will soon make COVID almost harmless for most people and things can be reduced, but until that time comes we will do everything we can to keep our employees and customers out of harm’s way. .

The government states that work should only be carried out in the homes of others when necessary.