COVID-19 Global Update

UK

  • A third national lockdown has been imposed with a stay-at-home order in place

  • All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges have moved to remote learning, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children

  • People are only allowed to leave their house to shop for basic necessities, go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home. Exercise is permitted once a day with your household (or support bubble) or one other person. You can meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one. You may seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).

  • All non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must close, or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol

  • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities including sports courts, gyms, golf courses, swimming pools, and riding arenas must also close. Elite sport and disabled sport can continue, as can PE lessons for those children attending school

  • Corporates - people have been told to work from home where possible however, some offices are remaining open so we can offer limited magazine placement on our racks ,

  • All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended. Anyone arriving in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man will need to self-isolate for 10 days and you must have proof of a negative test to travel into England.

  • Airport lounges remain closed in the large although a select few have re-opened

  • 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

  • Cruises will not recommence until the summer

  • Private jet centres are operational with some accepting magazines

  • Our racks in luxury apartments in Canary Wharf are fully operational and effective with healthy pick-up rates

  • 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


North America

  • The pandemic situation differs wildly from state to state.

  • US Domestic Airline distributions are slowly re-starting with Delta Airlines being the first

  • Private jet centres are open and accepting magazines

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

  • The Hamptons are busy with people deciding to stay for the winter and magazine placement remains in high demand

  • We now have access to Long Island's Gold Coast and Cape Cod

California

  • Lock-down continues to ease but this is one of the stricter states

  • Bars, Restaurants, Wineries - open but mainly for outside only

  • Hotels re-opening with limited facilities

  • Salons/barbers open in the main

  • Gyms have re-opened

  • Corporates - return to offices began in September

  • Entertainment venues are open

New York

  • Limited lockdowns across New York

  • Most restaurants and bars are providing outdoor dining. They are required to close outdoor dining from 10pm to 5am daily. Takeout and delivery are still allowed after 10pm, except for alcoholic beverages

  • Approximately 50% of hotels are now open

  • 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

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

  • A mandatory 10-day quarantine is in place for travellers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours. A new test-out system has been implemented to reduce this quarantine period if two negative tests are provided

  • 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

  • Most salons/barbers open

  • Most hotels open

  • Delta Airlines lounge excepting magazines

Canada

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

  • Air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada

  • Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements

  • 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 are open but capacity is limited to accommodate physical distancing. Guests can dine in groups of up to six people

  • Schools are open and provinces have tried to limit class sizes, but many students have opted for online learning

  • Most hotels and limited airport lounges open

The Hamptons

  • The Hamptons are stronger than ever as tens of thousands have moved out of NYC to the Hamptons permanently

  • 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

Germany

  • Partial lockdown has been extended until 31st January with a review on the 25th January

  • Schools and non-essential shops will remain closed, along with restaurants and bars in addition to the leisure and cultural sectors. Takeaway food is allowed but drinking alcohol is banned in public

  • From January 11th, private gatherings will only be permitted among members of your own household and with a maximum of one other person not living in the household

  • For districts with a 7-day incidence of more than 200 new infections per 100,000 residents, the radius of movement is to be restricted to a 15 km radius around your home, unless there is a valid reason to travel further

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

  • We can offer magazine placement in the "brand new" Berlin Brandenburg Airport as well as in Private Jet Centres

France

  • A nightly curfew is in place from 18:00 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 until the middle of January 2021

  • Schools and factories remain open

  • All university lectures will be by videoconference and libraries will be accessible only with an appointment

  • People are banned from travelling between regions and have to remain within 1km from their homes

  • Exercise for an hour, within one kilometre of the home is permitted

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


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, restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality sector as well as contact professions, such as hairdressers and beauticians will remain closed until at least 15 January

  • 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

  • The Spanish government declared the state of emergency last weekend, introducing a curfew between 11pm and 6 am until early May 2021 in all regions except the Canary Islands

  • People are allowed to leave their homes to go to work, care for someone and buy medicines

  • Only gatherings of fewer than six people who do not live together are allowed

Italy

  • A new three-tier framework and further nationwide restrictions are now in force:

  • 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

  • There is a nationwide curfew from 22:00 to 05:00, gatherings for weddings, baptisms and funerals are banned, older school pupils have switched to remote learning, and masks must be worn everywhere, except at home

  • Airport lounges still closed

Switzerland

  • Mask wearing is become compulsory outdoors

  • Hospitality venues must close at 11pm; indoor gatherings of more than 10 people are banned; and no more than four people can sit together in a bar or restaurant unless they are directly related and live together

  • 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

  • Little sign of lock-down but the nation has ordered large gathering bans, alcohol sale curfews and school closures

  • Alcohol cannot be served in bars, restaurants and night clubs after 10 p.m. until the end of February.

  • 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.

  • There is a ban on non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU in order to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus. Entry bans from the UK and Denmark have also been introduced

  • Public gatherings limited to eight people

  • High schools have switched to virtual learning

  • Limited airport lounges open for magazine placement

UAE

  • Our venue network is now 95% back up and operational

  • Airline lounges have started to take magazines

  • All hotels are open and have reported fantastic occupancy levels thanks to staycations

  • 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. 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.

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

Hong Kong

  • The current measures are in place until 20th Jan but these should lifted by mid February

  • The measures are a ban on dining services after 6pm, and other facilities that have been required to shut their doors include bars, gyms, sports venues, beauty salons, cinemas, and massage parlours.

  • Circa 50% of airport lounges open and accepting magazines

Australia

  • Bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues are all open with restrictions and must have a COVID safe plan in place

  • 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 40%-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 18th January and includes information available at the time.

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