Green, Amber, Red
This blog post does relate to the application of the humble traffic light on the road, but will also now refer to the UK government guidance on travel, specifically as to what do we need to do as we plan or actually undertake foreign travel for this Covid impacted year. We understand that the new Traffic Light system for travel will start from 17th May 2021.
We all know the rules of traffic lights - Red means STOP, Amber also means STOP unless it is unsafe to do so (very wet road, vehicle very close behind etc...) and Green means GO - if it is safe ahead. Please don't do what I see many riders in London do - ride away on Red and Amber. This puts them at massive risk of Amber / Red light "jumpers" - like we all know, Green means GO. Please see the picture from the Highway Code below:
The UK Government is issuing travel guidance and this relies on a list of Countries being allocated a status, Green Amber or Red, to then have applied rules for testing, quarantine etc. - the latest list of the rules (that I can find) is shown below:
Green: arrivals will need to take a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 of their arrival back into England - but will not need to quarantine on return (unless they receive a positive result) or take any additional tests, halving the cost of tests on their return from holiday
Amber: arrivals will need to quarantine for a period of 10 days and take a pre-departure test, and a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end self-isolation early
Red: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for ‘red list’ countries which include a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day 2 and 8
Just like a traffic light per the picture above, I suspect that the affect of these rules will impact where people can or want to travel - would you wish to come to Spain for a week, only to then face a 10 day hotel stay, with numerous Covid tests? I would expect not!
But also like the traffic light graphic, the Green will mean that we have a great deal more movement and with some decent planning (Information, Position etc...) we could do a week in the Basque country, and ride between the French / Spanish border as we did pre-Covid. Happy Days!
The allocation of a status on the list will change I am sure, with factors like vaccination rates, infection and death numbers being taken into account; so the allocation as Amber or Green could be updated often I expect., and like the Traffic Lights on the road, we have to stay aware and keep looking ahead.
So I will be closely watching the country status list and expect that we can enjoy the Basque area for some foreign guests on their bikes very soon.