It’s good news for those wishing for a summer holiday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (3 May) that some foreign travel from the UK will be able to restart in May.
While Mr Johnson said there would be “some opening up” from 17 May - when the next step of his roadmap out of lockdown is planned - he called for a cautious approach to international travel.
MPs are concerned about importing new Covid variants if foreign travel from the UK is permitted to go ahead this summer, with some calling for restrictions on holidays to continue for that reason.
The PM’s travel plan comes as the European Commission said it hopes to open its borders from June for non-essential reasons to foreign tourists who have been vaccinated.
It said it is proposing “to allow entry to the EU for nonessential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine”.
However, it has not disclosed which countries will be on the list.
Gardening ‘taught me to be a better person’
It seems like many people started new hobbies during lockdown, and our writer Carly Roberts was one of them.
She has told how starting up gardening during the restrictions taught her to be a better person.
Carly writes how her “unexpected love affair” with her small patch of grass came out of nowhere but ended up helping her with feelings of helplessness and anxiety during the pandemic.
“As a born over-thinker, it’s the only form of down time when the cogs in my brain stop whirring,” she says.
And Carly is not alone, as the Royal Horticulture Society this week revealed - as part of National Gardening Week - that those who get their hands dirty every day have wellbeing scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who don’t garden at all.
Life after Line of Duty
There’s a great, cavernous hole in our Sunday night schedule now that Line of Duty season six is over.
Whether you were baffled, confused, happy or accepting of the BBC drama’s explosive finale, most of us are craving another police drama to watch to fill the huge AC-12 shaped gap.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of top police dramas available to binge on the UK’s main streaming services and NationalWorld has compiled the best ones.
From Netflix’s Unforgotten and BBC’s true story The Investigation to Amazon’s Broadchurch, this list of award-winning dramas is sure to have you screaming “Mother of God!” until there’s confirmation of whether a Line of Duty season seven is in the pipeline.
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