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Newsgatherers exempted from travel quarantine

3 December 2020

The NUJ has welcomed confirmation by the Secretary of State for Transport that journalists travelling in the course of their work as newsgatherers will be exempted from quarantine regulations from 4am on Saturday 5 December.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"This is welcome news for all those journalists who cross borders as part of their work, at a time when news and reporting is more important than ever. The exemption is further acknowledgement of our members' status as key workers and reaffirms the importance of the UK Press card, of which the NUJ is the largest gatekeeper.
"It's a particularly welcome measure for freelances who have lost work and income as a result of having to quarantine after commissions abroad. We've been working hard to secure this exemption and welcome the efforts made by DCMS to achieve this."

The measures will also apply to journalists travelling to the UK from abroad, who are in receipt of the IFJ press card. The full guidance (updated 14 December): Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

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