Following the statement from the Prime Minister last week, the guidance provided by government for “COVID-19: General Aviation (GA)” was updated today – Monday 19 July. Guidance is set out at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation. GA flying can take place without restrictions.
The government has removed all legal limits on social contact and advised that people and businesses can make informed decisions about how to manage the risk to themselves and others. Established last Autumn, the Hands, Face, Space campaign has served a useful purpose as a basis for the COVID-Secure measures at the Airport. After careful consideration, we believe that sustaining the arrangements we established in April, when the initial relaxation to more general GA flying was introduced, is sensible. Therefore, when moving around inside the Airport Terminal and Fire Station; please note that face coverings must be worn. Staff and visitors are requested to give others space and respect social distancing where possible.
The Hummingbird Restaurant has set out its own COVID-Secure requirements within its facility.
We are delighted to see the return to seasonal norms for flying and we will be operating as notified in the UK AIP. We ask pilots to act responsibly and avoid noise-sensitive and built-up areas to reduce the concern expressed by some about the increased number of movements since restrictions were lifted.