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Coronavirus and London visit

26 days ago

Hi For those of you visiting or living in London, are places still open? We arrive on Thurs and hope to not to find places closed. The media is suggesting many tourist sites are closed. And how is it to travel on the tube? Is transport still running as usual?
Thanks

99 comments
United Kingdom
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26 days ago

Nothing is closed! Everything is running as normal. Wether it remains that way remains to be seen. Also, considering we are on the verge of a global pandemic, London is the last place I would be going.

Mexico
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25 days ago

Domus, why do you say London is the last place you'd go?

United Kingdom
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24 days ago

Because it is one of the busiest cities in the world and gets 55000 visitors per DAY from all over the world. If the virus does not spread there it will be a miracle!
There is already panic buying in UK supermarkets and we still only have a tenth the number of infections that Italy has.

United Kingdom
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26 days ago

Hello
As far as I am aware nothing is closed, do not worry there is plenty to do in London it won’t disappoint 😀

Argentina
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25 days ago

I just got back from London and everything's normal.

United States of America
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25 days ago

I am going in June and this Corona virus has been hyped by the media .. so still enjoying trips and holidays

United Kingdom
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24 days ago

There certainly has been a lot of hype, but that does not mean it is not serious. The general consensus seems to be that Italy is 2-3 weeks ahead of other European countries in terms of infections. For about three weeks the number of infections was in single figures, now it is three figures and increasing daily. There is a very good chance it will be in four figures by the end of next week. When that happens we will start to see serious quarantine measures in place. Even if the virus dies off by summer, as some people hope, the economic effect will be considerable.

United States of America
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24 days ago

I totally agree the economic effect worldwide will be a major set back ...

United Kingdom
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24 days ago

Just be careful. Wash your hands regular, while singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY twice. And avoid shaking peoples hands. But this Coronavirus, I doubt we have seen the worst yet.

United States of America
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24 days ago

Thank you and I have been singing happy Birthday quite a bit

United Kingdom
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24 days ago

Everything is open as usual. Get good theatre prices as well . Just clean your hands and you will enjoy 👍

United Kingdom
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24 days ago

Just back from a 3 day break in London. It was quieter than usual but all services running normally & everyone just getting on with it.

United Kingdom
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23 days ago

Absolutely everything is business as usual unless you visit a hospital. The government reviewed protocol today and are clear that we are still in a containment phase and so its about being sensible with hand hygiene at all times

Mexico
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23 days ago

I'm happy to read this information, I'm from Mexico and I expect to visit London next Wednesday. Thanks Shona

United Kingdom
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23 days ago

That is not really the full story! This idea that everything is going on a as normal is totally false! On the surface everything APPEARS normal, but it certainly isn't.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/09/boris-johnson-spoke...

Mexico
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23 days ago

Domus, it's very generous of you to provide us with more information. Thank you very much and I hope everything will soon be settled in Uk, a hug

United Kingdom
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22 days ago

One thing that is important to remember is that the current UK government are a bunch of clowns whose main interest is keeping their chums in the city and big business happy. They are all amateurs who are totally unprepared for something as serious as this, so if they make a correct decision it will most likely be by accident. Yesterday they as good as admitted that it was too late to contain the virus and are hoping for some sort of miracle.
Another important fact is that the UK health service is currently at breaking point, WITHOUT the virus. There is a shortage of nurses, doctors and hospital beds. Hundreds of health workers have left the country because of Brexit. So if you come here and need to go to hospital you can expect to be treated in a corridor, if you are lucky!

New Zealand
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18 days ago

your prime minister is a joke and embarrassment. He doesn't care about all the people living in the UK. he does not want to close schools, gathering, malls etc..temporarily to slow down the spread of the virus. NO LOCKDOWN. he wants everyone to get the virus and get immuned to it and he does not care how many people die.Shame on you prime Minister!

United Kingdom
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22 days ago

It is interesting the the public message from the government is that everything is carrying on as normal. But it is very different where there own staff are concerned. I was going to a meeting next week organised by the Department of International Trade. Just been informed it is cancelled due to the CV.

United States of America
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20 days ago

My, my Domus .... are you sure you're not here in the United States? Sounds eerily familiar ....

Spain
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22 days ago

I fly Thursday from Spain and I really don't know what to do... I've wanted to move on but there's the thing at a dangerous point. See if they don't close borders because I'll expect anything.

United Kingdom
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22 days ago

I think if you are travelling within the next week then the situation will be the same as today. It is towards the end of next week that things are expected to get bad. However, so far today there have been no new cases announced. Until today the number of cases have been increasing by about 50-60 per day.

Spain
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22 days ago

And the museums, bars... are still open?? Concerts there?
Can you change the situation overnight?

United Kingdom
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22 days ago

Yes, everything is still open. It is just like on the Titanic, the band is still playing and all the passengers think it is a fuss about nothing!

United States of America
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22 days ago

I was planning on a month trip to London, Scotland and Wales, but Im thinking most places will be closed. So have re-booked til Sept hopefully by then things will of calmed down. Here in the USA concerns are high,, but listening to the president its a dam cold folks

United States of America
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20 days ago

You could not be more accurate, Christian. As we with brains in America will tell anyone with concerns ... follow the science, not the government.

United States of America
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18 days ago

True enough, but the media does not have to scare the public so much. Granted if you use your head and do not stress out, this virus will run it’s co and hopefully will be over

Canada
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22 days ago

Our Canadian airline just changed its cancellation policy a few hours ago, so we've decided to postpone our trip in view of the increasing Coronavirus travel restrictions, flight cancellations, and other restrictions. Thanks for your responses.🙋‍♀️

Argentina
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22 days ago

We have tickets to London by mid-July. We'll see how it goes... I'm from Argentina and the thing is, if the virus descends in the summer, it grows here and restricts our entry... it's hard to make a decision about what to do. We'll see day by day.

Colombia
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22 days ago

Hi. I have a ticket for London this Friday the 13th of March. I'm going to an English school for two months. What is the real situation today on the streets of London regarding the Coronavirus? Have you closed museums, tourist attractions?

United Kingdom
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21 days ago

Nothing is closed in London yet, but the general expectation is that serious restrictions will start in 10-14 days. That is IF the infection rate increases as expected. The government has already imposed restrictions behind the scenes that are not obvious yet. My company deals with the medical and government sector and lots of things are happening that the general public do not know about. That is why people seem generally very complacent and think everything is going on as normal.

Australia
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21 days ago

We are arriving in London on 25/5 but already I am reconsidering whether we go. Waiting to hear from our airline and hope that we can get a full refund to rebook - so disappointing after 2 years of planning but don't want to be in quarantine for the 2 weeks we are in the country.

United Kingdom
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21 days ago

The way things are progressing here at the moment, I would hope that things will have begun to normalise here by the end of April. The big question is what it will be like in Australia then? At the moment you only have five cases of infection, so you are about a month behind the UK if the infection follows the same trend as elsewhere. So that means you have about six weeks before you get to the thousands infected.
Of course Australia has a much smaller population, so you may well fare much better. The population of London alone is bigger than Australia.

Australia
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21 days ago

I don't understand your references to New Zealand as I can't find a question from NZ above. Are you referring to the queries from Australia???? If so it's a different colony.

United Kingdom
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21 days ago

Sorry, I meant to say Australia. I have been having a long conversation with someone from New Zealand on another community.

We're leaving at Easter. We have the flights and the hotel. No free cancellation and no travel insurance. We don't know what to do in case borders are closed or something...

Spain
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21 days ago

I go this Thursday and at least I didn't get anything back in case of cancellation. If they close borders, I think the hotel should at least pay you back because it's an exception.

It should be. But if we don’t leave for fear of border closures (not yet closed) they may not want to return our money either

Spain
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21 days ago

I'm in the same situation, Easter, no cancellation, and leaving from Madrid. I don't know if they ended up closing Barajas or what, but I don't really know what to do, since it seems that the situation in London is normal... if anyone knows anything else that might be of general interest, please say so.

What a mess. We flew from Málaga with Easy yet. Let's see if we're lucky. If anyone knows what we can do...

Spain
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21 days ago

I fly from Malaga too but with British Airways... I pray that nothing happens and I can return next Tuesday quietly.

Mucha suerte!!

Spain
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20 days ago

I'm on it. We travel on Thursday the 19th for five days and we want to go. But we don't have a cancellation.

United Kingdom
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21 days ago

The situation in London is 'normal' at the moment, but that is only because the government does not want to impose restrictions too soon. The obviously they have a number in mind when they will start to take action. That might be 1000 infections or 5000? Who knows?
Until today, the number of new infections was about 50 per day. The latest number today is over 80 new infections. So say the increase is 20% per day, that means we will be over 1000 infections by next Monday and over 5000 infections within two weeks. So by that time the government will have to something drastic, or by Easter the number of infections will be nearly 100,000!
Unless there is some miracle, I expect the whole country will be shut down by Easter. Possibly the whole of Europe?

Spain
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21 days ago

What I'm afraid of is that my return is next Tuesday of the week and they're leaving me there because they're closing airports.

Spain
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20 days ago

And I'm exactly the same. We should be in touch in case you hear anything or I and we can communicate. Thank you.

Spain
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19 days ago

Perfecto. Alli han declarado estado de alarma per creo que no afecta a vuelos, de momento.

Spain
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19 days ago

I would not leave Spain with the state of alarm, first for responsibility and second because I doubt very much that they will close the airspace.

Spain
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19 days ago

It's true that in London people don't go out on the street and you can't visit most places like this?

Spain
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19 days ago

How's London now? Pk heoid that all is empty and you can't visit the sites

Argentina
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21 days ago

I travel March 29th from Argentina. I have trains, planes, ferries, and hotels booked in Liverpool, Dublin, several cities in Scotland, and London. No cancellation on top. I don't know what to do. Damn coronavirus.

Australia
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21 days ago

I would be seriously reconsidering your trip. Things will get worse before they get better.So many of us in the same situation 😔

United Kingdom
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20 days ago

Hello Cristian. I would be the last person to be spoiling your holiday. But I think VERY SOON. BIG Restrictions on the way things are done in the UK will come. You are the only one that can make decisions for you. BUT.. IF RESTRICTIONS COME AND PLANES ARE STOPPED. HOW WOULD YOU GET HOME AGAIN. I think I would cancel take the financial hit and wait till all this is past. However long that might be;

Argentina
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19 days ago

We're on a par, I travel tomorrow and you see... I haven't been able to change the Norwegian ticket date yet.

We don't fly on the 18th until the 21st of March. We don't have flight insurance or hotel cancellation.

Mexico
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21 days ago

Hey, Trinidad, tell us how it went, have a good trip and enjoy yourself.

Spain
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20 days ago

I from 19 to 24 if canceled, I have called the hotel and unless booking from insurance they do not return us and the Hitel girl tells me that life there is normal as usual today but doesn't know in a week

United States of America
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21 days ago

We're supposed to arrive in London April 2 and leave from Paris on April 10 with our 15 year old granddaughter for her first trip to Europe. I'm trying to resign myself to the realization that it's likely we'll have to reschedule. I'm not in panic mode, but I do want to be prudent and make wise decisions. I'll keep checking back here for updates, as well as monitoring the CDC and WHO advisories.

United States of America
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21 days ago

The President of the United States just informed no flights allowed from Europe into the US for 30 days only exemption is from the UK

Australia
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21 days ago

I doubt the UK exemption will last long .

United Kingdom
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20 days ago

'I doubt the UK exemption will last long'
This is a political decision and almost certainly the result of behind the scenes discussions. Brexit Johnson is the only European leader that Trump likes. So he is making a statement to other leaders by excluding the UK.

United States of America
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20 days ago

I tend to agree!!

United Kingdom
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20 days ago

The UK government is going to make an announcement later today (Thursday). It looks like the beginning of serious restrictions on travel and public meetings.
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-uk-set-to-m...

United States of America
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20 days ago

Thank you for keeping us informed

Australia
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21 days ago

The hotels and Airlines who are not refunding will still have their money, but the money that would be spend on sightseeing will not be there and that is going to effect many business. For those who have lost often vast amount of money it will be a long time before they are able to re book holidays. I really think something needs to be done , by airlines and hotels to help these visitors so they can re schedule their trips, as a lot of business are going to need a lot of support once the virus does settle down.

United Kingdom
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20 days ago

I just travelled through London yesterday. Went through London St Pancras station, London Victoria and everything is normal. There is a lot of panic amongst people, I do agree, but you just can't sit back at home and not go to work. I am a doctor myself and I feel if you have to fall ill you will, you can just try and take preventive measures but you cannot stop doing your daily routine in order to avoid falling ill. So if you want to visit London, please do. It is a lovely and vibrant city and you will enjoy it

United States of America
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20 days ago

Thank you for this!!! Hope to visit in June . Stay healthy

Spain
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19 days ago

I'm in London right now and I have private medical insurance. I hope to return to Spain on Tuesday if it doesn't get any worse there. But if I stay here, will you take care of me? Thank you.

Spain
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19 days ago

Hello we have flight from great canary to london from 19 to 24, as this city itself can visit the best areas and there's some kind of restriction, it's that here in great canary there are very few cases and controlled and I don't have the flights and refundable apartment

Spain
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20 days ago

We have the flight on March 17th and without cancellation we still don't know what to do.
We're afraid we won't be able to come back on the 19 we do???

United Kingdom
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20 days ago

Sod it, just come! Who cares any more? Not the UK government that is for sure!

United States of America
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18 days ago

It’s about attitude, so lighten up

United Kingdom
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20 days ago

CANCEL. And wait till all this gets back to normal, Whenever that will be. If you do come, and the flights are cancelled. HOW WILL YOU GET BACK TTO YOUR HOME:

United Kingdom
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19 days ago

If you are coming to London soon, it looks like you will have the place to yourselves! I am actually slightly tempted. Just think no queues, no pickpockets, no scooter riding phone thieves, no hospital beds!

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1254745/coronavi...

Norway
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19 days ago

So sad :(

Norway
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19 days ago

We have to go from 07.04.-11.04. but now we want cancel everything, but can`t :(
We will lose money, but who care :)

United Kingdom
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19 days ago

If you do not care about getting the virus then just carry on with your trip. The UK government has decided not to impose any restrictions yet, though it looks like they will in 2-3 weeks.
Just be aware that if you do get the virus do not expect to get medical treatment here. The official policy is you self isolate and DO NOT go to hospital or a doctor.

As for me, I have woken up this morning with what appear to be symptoms of the virus. So frankly I do not care any more about whether you lose your money or not!

Norway
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19 days ago

Take care :)

Australia
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19 days ago

cant believe the UK is doing so little to protect its citizens. All I can say is I hope you will be ok and really now it is up to the citizens to ignore Boris and batten down and stay put and avoid going out or mixing with anyone if at all possible.

United Kingdom
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18 days ago

People are already ignoring the government and taking their own action. Sporting fixtures are cancelled, schools are closing, companies are telling staff to work from home. Apparently London was like a ghost town yesterday.

Australia
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19 days ago

hope you will be ok soon

United Kingdom
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18 days ago

Oh dear: well if you HAVE got it, and not just a cold I hope you recover quickly: But you see here is the thing: Even though I have got underlying health issues, I reluctantly hope I do get the virus and as tough as it may prove to be, get over it with little trouble: Because if as they say, its here and here to stay. I want some kind of immunity so I won't get it again. I think you would agree on the fact that today we are seeing NEW AND UNCHARTERED GROUND. Me and my dog have already cancelled a London trip. Took the financial hit: but come May and hell or high water, WE ARE NOT going to cancel our May holiday in Shropshire.

Spain
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19 days ago

I'm sure it's nothing and everything is fine!!
Thanks for the advice, I will no longer travel to the city, we must isolate ourselves at once and listen to the authorities.
What's a shame is that airline companies won't give us our money back.

Spain
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19 days ago

I think you should get booking back because by holy week they'll have closed borders and they won't have another.

Australia
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19 days ago

we were in the same situation. In the end it came down to the fact 1. we didnt want to catch the virus. 2. what happens if we got sick as insurance would not cover the cost.3. how much fun would it be with all the restrictions . 4. what happens if we get over there and cant get back due to flight restrictions . We have not cancelled flights hanging out hoping the airline will cancel as we might have a chance of being able to change the dates, as if we cancel we loose all the money we have paid.

United Kingdom
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18 days ago

If airlines have not already cancelled particular flights by now then the probably wont be cancelled. Unless the government orders it. Airlines have to keep 80% of the flights running or risk losing their landing slots. Many flights are already flying empty. Plus if they keep the flight running they do not have to give a refund.

United Kingdom
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18 days ago

Latest news is that many airlines in danger of going bust! Even if this doesn’t happen there are going to be a lot less flights after all this is over
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/13/b...

New Zealand
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18 days ago

We are booked with Singapore Airlines. Is it all airlines letting people delay flights?

New Zealand
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18 days ago

I’m not sure about that airline, we are Air NZ

Argentina
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18 days ago

Most of the London attractions will be closed. Hotels do not reimburse charges, a bad predisposition for English tourism. Booking takes note. Thank you.

Argentina
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4 days ago

Hi, everybody. Booking finally intervened. My lodging in London cancelled the booking and paid me back even though it was already in time for non-refundable. I really appreciate the gesture. I'm going to travel when all this happens and I'm going to rent back where I had my reservation, that's my contribution to the gerst they had with me. Greetings.

United Kingdom
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9 days ago

England has gone into lock down only essential movement is now being put into place.

United States of America
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9 days ago

Just now? Wow we have been in lockdown for at least 2 wks or longer in some places... our governor in Florida should have done it here sooner .
Stay healthy hope it blows over sooner than later ... would love to visit England in June

United Kingdom
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9 days ago

Yes, it is very Crazy!
Glad you have been locked down sooner wish we had!
Thoughts with eveyone 😃

United States of America
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3 days ago

The more stressed out we become over this the more likely you could get sick! Have a positive outlook and keep yourselves inside and away from crowds. We have not had the worst of this yet. Granted some states have yet to see the effects of this Virus, just don’t run around with your head cut off.

United States of America
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3 days ago

This is a time we’re we must all stick together regardless of what we think of who’s fault it is, I myself will NOT be buying any products food products from China. Especially fish, read the labels!
God Bless is all stay strong , we will overcome this also, with everyone’s help!

United Kingdom
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3 days ago

TO CHEER YOU ALL UP.

The coronavirus is here.
The world is living in fear.
Life at present is not a breeze:
I think I'll open a tin of peas.

The Coronavirus is here,
The world is living in fear.
The days are long and boring;
I think my dog is snoring.

The Coronavirus is here.
The world is living in fear.
I sit and watch the colour TV:
Myself, my dog and me.

United States of America
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3 days ago

Cute, but true make the best of it, clean your closets, do jobs in your home you have been putting off, stay busy and don’t stress out! We are all in this together!