Coronavirus Updates: UK airports to require passengers to cover faces and wear gloves

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Police broke up wedding receptions at the weekend after they were found to be breaching restrictions. Officers in Blackburn found more than 100 guests at an event on Sunday evening, while in Greater Manchester a fixed penalty notice was issued to the organiser of a wedding with more than 50 guests and a marquee. Both areas are subject to local restrictions to prevent people socialising with other households. Blackburn and Darwen Police said on Facebook that the gathering was dispersed without further issue, adding:
Police broke up wedding receptions at the weekend after they were found to be breaching restrictions. Officers in Blackburn found more than 100 guests at an event on Sunday evening, while in Greater Manchester a fixed penalty notice was issued to the organiser of a wedding with more than 50 guests and a marquee. Both areas are subject to local restrictions to prevent people socialising with other households. Blackburn and Darwen Police said on Facebook that the gathering was dispersed without further issue, adding: "This is a clear breach of both local and national restrictions that puts everyone attending at risk." Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods told BBC Lancashire: "The vast bulk of those people were asked to leave. They were very compliant and they did, but in effect that wedding reception was closed down and what remained was a small number of people." He said further action would be considered against the venue. The wedding in Whalley Range, Manchester, was one of 54 reported breaches between 3pm and 11pm on Sunday in Greater Manchester, police said. Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Pilling said: "Can you imagine a vulnerable loved one not being able to get through to 999 when in an emergency, because our phone lines are tied up with people reporting illegal parties? It's this serious."

Passengers travelling through Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports will be required to cover their faces and wear gloves from Thursday, owner Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced.

All airport staff serving passengers will wear gloves and face masks, and temperature screening trials will take place over the next few weeks. The airports are also considering requiring passengers to make a health declaration before they are allowed to enter.

The firm said the move was designed to ensure that the small number of passengers currently making essential journeys through its airports feel safer and more confident about flying, as well as providing a further level of protection to colleagues working at the airport.

The MAG chief executive, Charlie Cornish, said:

It’s clear that social distancing will not work on any form of public transport. But we’re confident that when the time is right, people will be able to travel safely.

We now need to work urgently with government to agree how we operate in the future. This has to be a top priority so that people can be confident about flying, and to get tourism and travel going again.

At MAG we’ve taken expert medical advice on how people can travel safely, and we’re pleased to be piloting these new measures at our airports for those passengers who do still need to travel.

We expect to be able to agree a new framework by the end of May that will support a restart of the industry as soon as possible.

Yesterday, Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, announced it will soon begin temperature screening of arriving passengers.

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