Department of State Development
  • From 8 June 2020, passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train will have to provide an address where they must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Non-essential shops are able to open again in England from 15 June 2020.
  • Employees who can work from home were advised to continue to do so. There are eight sets of sector-specific guidance for construction and other outdoor work, warehouses, labs and research facilities, offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.
  • Italy and Spain continue to be the most severely affected country within Europe.
  • The market has significant restrictions from an air freight perspective due to reduced passenger routes.
  • Sea freight is beginning to experience challenges due to labour shortages to unload and transport given the wide lockdown measures.
  • Currently, citizens are unable to leave their homes except to purchase food, medicine or seek medical assistance.
  • Bricks and mortar retail operations have been suspended due to government restrictions, but online shopping and food is still active.
  • Supermarkets and other food suppliers in the UK have had a clear boost in sales. It is a different story for non-essential retail however, as consumers reduce spending on non-essential items. This may change as people become used to working from home and income support packages come into play. However, it would be expected that items that could be used in the home would see the greatest upsurge in demand.
  • There has been a significant increase in online shopping. Many large retailers have not been able to manage the demand and have temporarily suspended deliveries as a result i.e. Majestic Wines and large supermarkets.
  • All large conferences and trade shows have been cancelled and the majority have been rescheduled for late 2020 or 2021. Some smaller events are moving to an online format.
  • See this list of European trade fairs/exhibitions and their current status.

More information