COVID-19 Global Update

UK


Currently we can offer:

  • Our merchandised racks in luxury apartments in Canary Wharf are fully operational and have been popular with the HNW residents, magazines are in high demand with healthy pick-up rates

  • Despite the majority of people working from home, some corporate offices are still open so we can offer limited magazine placement on our racks

  • Gate services and media walls in certain airports are offering a limited service for business / essential travellers

  • The Eurostar* lounge is accepting limited magazines for business / essential travellers

  • Private jet centres are operational with some accepting magazines

  • Residential door dropping is very popular for targeting people at home helping to drive subscriptions and increase brand reach

  • The housing market is still open during the lockdown and we can provide direct access to new home movers through Home Move Box

The Government has published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and provide a route back to a more normal way of life, each step is to be assessed against four tests before restrictions ease:


Step 1:

  • Schools returning on the 8th March

  • As part of step one, there will be further limited changes from 29 March. Outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed to see each other

  • Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, will be allowed to reopen, and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports

  • At this point, the Stay at Home order will end, although many lockdown restrictions will remain, for example, you should continue to work from home where possible, and overseas travel remains banned, aside for a small number of reasons

Step 2, no earlier than 12 April:

  • Non-essential retail, personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will reopen

  • Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, and theme parks will also reopen. Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances will also be permitted

  • Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen - but only for use by people on their own or with their household

  • Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated

  • Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, can also reopen

Step 3, no earlier than 17 May:

  • Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal

  • Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply until reviewed

  • Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen

  • Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).

  • In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

Step 4, no earlier than 21 June:

  • It is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed

  • The hope to reopen nightclubs, and lift restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3

*The decision on each stage will be based on data not dates, and government will move cautiously to keep infection rates under control



North America

  • Delta Airlines Sky Clubs currently have 36 locations with more set to open throughout March and April

  • We have an extended list of private jet centres which are open and accepting magazines

  • Magazine placement in luxury lobbies in NY, Florida and Washington is very popular

  • The Hamptons are busy with people deciding to move away from NYC and take up permanent residence here due to the change in work culture

  • We have access to Long Island's Gold Coast and Cape Cod and magazines have been popular amongst venues

California

  • California is one of the worst hit locations and still faces restrictions despite the stay-at-home order being lifted

  • Bars, Restaurants, Wineries - open for outside dining or takeaway only

  • Hotels are open but with limited facilities

  • Salons/barbers open in the main with max 25% capacity

  • Gyms open outdoors with max 50% capacity

  • Outdoor sports and entertainment facilities will be permitted to reopen with limited attendance from April

New York

  • Limited lockdowns across New York

  • Indoor dining is permitted at 50% outside of NYC, increasing to 75% mid March, and 35% in NYC. Restaurants and bars are required to close indoor and outdoor dining from 11 PM to 5 AM daily. Takeout and delivery are still allowed after 11 PM, except for alcoholic beverages

  • Approximately 50% of hotels are open with more set to open from April onwards

  • Gyms and hair salons are open providing they have the proper ventilation systems in place

  • Retail boutiques are open for business with social distancing and occupancy limits in place

  • As of April venues for events, arts and entertainment will be allowed to reopen at 33% capacity, capped at 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors

  • Large sports arenas are allowed to operate at 10% capacity, though fans must wear a mask and test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of the event

  • JFK international lounges closed but Delta Airlines lounge is accepting magazines

  • Magazine placement in luxury apartment buildings is proving very effective and supply is in high demand


Washington

  • All bars, restaurants, recreational and entertainment facilities have opened with restrictions depending on the county

  • Recreation centres, bowling alleys, climbing gyms, squash or racquetball clubs, skating rinks and skateboard parks may open with a 50-person capacity or at 50 percent capacity

  • Non-essential retail businesses are limited to 25 percent capacity

  • Most hotels open following COVID measures

  • Delta Airlines lounge excepting magazines


The Hamptons

  • The Hamptons are stronger than ever as tens of thousands have moved out of NYC to the Hamptons permanently following the shift in work culture

  • All the grocery stores, natural and upscale food markets are all open

  • Hotels, bars, restaurants are open, some with outdoor dining only

  • Magazine placement is proving popular and copies are accepted across all venue genres


Canada

  • Canada-US border restrictions limits all non-essential travel across borders until approximately spring time

  • Restrictions on recreational travel are still in place and the government continues to advise to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada

  • Corporates - staff continue to work from home wherever possible

  • Restaurants, gyms, personal care services, theatres and non-essential businesses can open with COVID measures adhered to

  • Social gatherings can have up to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors. Organised events can be large

  • Most hotels and limited airport lounges are open


Germany

  • Partial lockdown has been extended until at least 28th March

  • Some school classes (albeit at states' individual discretion), daycare, and hairdressers reopen

  • Bookstores and florists can reopen with the condition of one customer per 10 square meters. Contact-based professions, such as massage practices, are also allowed to reopen with a negative test result

  • Takeaway food is allowed but drinking alcohol is banned in public

  • Public spaces such as museums, zoos and gardens as well as retail businesses are allowed to reopen with COVID measures in place

  • Hotels are allowed to stay open, magazine placement is on a case by case basis

  • We can offer magazine placement in the lounges at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport as well as in Private Jet Centres in Germany

France

  • Paris and 15 other regions are back in lockdown for a month due to an increase in cases. Schools remain open and outdoor activities are allowed to go ahead within a 10km radius of a person's home but non-essential shops are closed and inter-region travel is prohibited

  • A nightly curfew is still in place from 19:00 to 06:00 across France

  • Attestation forms to justify leaving the house are required

  • Non-essential businesses, such as restaurants and bars must remain close

  • Internal borders within the European area will remain open for essential travel and with few exceptions the external borders will remain closed

  • We can offer placement in Private Jet centres and first class train lounges


Belgium

  • All non-essential shops have re-opened but people have to shop alone and can only stay in a shop for a maximum of 30 minutes

  • Bars and restaurants remain closed. Take-out is possible until 10 p.m. Night shops have to close at 10 p.m. and alcohol sales are prohibited after 8 p.m. Restaurants and bars in hotels are closed. Meals can only be served in rooms.

  • Hairdressers and salons have reopened

  • The current ban on gatherings and the curfew measures, from midnight to 5:00 AM in Flanders and from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region, remain in force

  • Masks must be worn everywhere and groups meeting outside are limited to four people

  • Gyms, pools and other cultural and leisure facilities are closed, and sports fans cannot attend fixtures

Spain


Restrictions vary from region to region:

  • In Catalonia, shopping malls and stores will be allowed to open between Monday and Friday. Capacity for stores will be set at 30% and only essential businesses will be allowed to open on the weekends. Bars and restaurants in shopping centres remain closed. Bars and restaurants can only open in two shifts: between 7.30am and 10.30am, and between 1pm and 4pm. Takeaway service will be allowed until 10pm and home delivery until 11pm.

  • In the Valencia region sidewalk cafés in the region will be opening until 6pm with a maximum of four people per table and masks are obligatory when not eating or drinking. Up to four people from different households will be able to meet in public, an increase from two. Meetings in private homes are still not allowed. Stores will be able to open until 8pm with 50% capacity. Parks and public gardens can reopen

  • In Madrid groups of diners on sidewalk cafés are limited to six, and four inside bars and restaurants. Stores must close at 10pm and only essential services can stay open later.

  • Social gatherings are limited to six people from a maximum of two households

  • A curfew is set between 10/11pm and 6am until early May 2021 in all regions except the Canary Islands

Italy

  • Half of Italy's regions are back in a strict lockdown due to an increase in cases. Schools, restaurants and non-essential shops are shut and travel is limited to work requirements. Measures are in place until at least 6th April and the whole country will have a national lockdown over the Easter weekend

  • The three-tier framework is still in place and regions are added / removed based on the contagion rate:

  • Red zones - areas with the most infections - have closed all bars, restaurants and most shops, including hairdressers and beauticians. Factories and essential services, including pharmacies and supermarkets, have remained open

  • Orange zones - bars and restaurants are closed to customers, though they can makes deliveries or serve take-out until 10pm. Shops are allowed to remain open until 9pm.

  • Yellow zones - restaurants and bars can stay open until 18:00, but museums, theatres, cinemas, gyms and swimming pools are closed, as in the rest of the country

  • Everyone arriving from overseas must continue to quarantine for 14 days on arrival

  • Airport lounges still closed

Switzerland

  • The initial reopening phase starts from 1st March

  • Mask wearing is become compulsory outdoors

  • Outdoor gatherings of 15 people will be allowed

  • Shops, zoos, museums and libraries have re-opened

  • Restaurants will remain closed until at least 22nd March, with further discussions on any re-opening taking place on 12th March

  • Sports competitions and concerts will be allowed for young people but without spectators or an audience

  • Arrivals do not need to quarantine unless they are entering from a country where the viral caseload per 100,000 people is 60 above the level in Switzerland.

  • Zurich airport lounges now open and accepting magazines

Sweden

  • Until September 2021, a temporary pandemic law ("Pandemilagen") shall apply. As a result, certain activities that are not covered by other infection control legislation can be closed or restricted

  • No more than eight people may be present at a public or private gathering or event

  • Shops, gyms, indoor sports facilities, and swimming facilities must calculate the number of visitors so that each person is given ten square meters of space

  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can open but the size of a dining party allowed to sit at one table is limited to four people. If a party is larger than eight people, it must be divided between several tables with at least one metre between them. The serving of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 20.00 and 11.00. Venues serving food and drink must close no later than 20.30.

  • There is an entry ban for non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU. This ban will be in effect until March 31

  • Limited airport lounges open for magazine placement

UAE

  • Our venue network is fully operational with all venues open as normal with social distancing restrictions in place

  • Airline lounges are taking magazines

  • Hotels are open and have reported fantastic occupancy levels thanks to staycations so magazines are in high demand

  • Offices are open with 100% workforce

  • Gyms, restaurants, spas and salons have all re-opened. Tables of 10 in restaurants is permitted and there are no restrictions on social gatherings at home

  • Beaches clubs are open and accepting magazines

  • Events are now back on track with a number of high profile events set to take place such as EXPO 2020. Please get in touch for event details


Singapore

  • The airport is open including circa 50% of the lounges which are accepting magazines

  • Hotels must continue to comply with orders and are permitted to resume operations for all facilities including dine-in facilities, gyms, pools, spas & wellness, kids clubs etc

  • Shops, bars and restaurants are open, but all visits must be registered either through the Singapore government's Safe Entry and Trace Together apps or by using a Trace Together token. Alcohol is not available in restaurants after 10.30 p.m

  • Work related events held outside of the workplace are also permitted like product launches / branding events

  • Masks must be worn at all times when in public, except by those under six. There are exemptions for eating and exercising

Hong Kong

  • Social distancing measures have started to ease

  • Social gathering restrictions will remain at two people while dine-in services is extended to 10pm, allowing a maximum of four people per table.

  • Government services will also resume normal operations along with gyms, cinemas, gaming arcades, beauty and massage parlours, bowling alleys, amusement parks, and ice skating rinks on the basis they comply with additional infection-control measures

  • Circa 50% of airport lounges open and accepting magazines

Australia

  • Pretty much back to normal with very few restrictions still in place. No new locally acquired cases in the last 24 hours and only 5 acquired cases from overseas. NSW have gone 40 days without a locally acquired case

  • Airline lounges - Qantas have reopened all of their ‘domestic’ metropolitan & regional lounges and are eager for magazines for their passengers. Qantas have also announced that they are planning to recommence International flights by June/July of this year

  • All metropolitan & regional hotels are open, the regional/coastal hotels are at near full capacity with metropolitan hotels running at approx 50% and increasing

  • Hairdressers and Medical waiting rooms are all open and have again started ordering weekly and monthly magazines for their customers to enjoy

  • Residential drops in high income suburbs has proven popular and is in high demand

*please note that this article was updated on 1st March and includes information available at the time.

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