Models, designers and photographers WON’T have to quarantine when they fly into UK for London Fashion Week
- Even unvaccinated travellers will be allowed to attend without quarantining
- It is hoped the move will help revive Britain’s £35billion fashion industry
- Those arriving will can only leave their hotels for work at the September event
International models, designers and photographers flying in from all over the world will not have to quarantine for London Fashion Week.
Travellers from amber list countries who have not been double jabbed will be allowed to attend the premier fashion event without the need to isolate on arrival.
London Fashion Week will be held from September 17 to 21 and will be a ‘physical-digital hybrid’ after an online-only event took place in February this year.
International models, designers and photographers flying in from all over the world will not have to quarantine for London Fashion Week. Pictred: Kendall Kenner at the February 2020 London Fashion Week
Travellers from amber list countries who have not been double jabbed will be allowed to attend. Pictured: the Beckhams at the 2020 event
Ministers agreed yesterday that, like the officials attending Euro 2020 and G7 delegates, the normal rules will not apply to those travelling for the show.
They said this is the first time the rules are being adapted for an event that would not have otherwise been moved abroad, according to The Times.
Officials believe it is necessary for the future of Britain’s £35billion fashion industry but could lead to pressure for exemptions in other sectors.
Only around 100 people are expected to need to use the new rules to enter, much fewer than the 2,500 VIPs who came to London for the Euros.
Businesses will have to submit the names of those attending to the British Fashion Council who is organising the Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week will be held from September 17 to 21 and will be a ‘physical-digital hybrid’. Pictured: Bella Hadid in the Burberry show in February 2020
Those allowed in will only be allowed to leave their hotels for work.
It is the latest signal the government is willing to prioritise reopening the economy despite continuing Covid cases.
New health secretary Sajid Javid is believed to be in favour of exemptions for the iconic fashion event, even if some are unvaccinated.
But the government will bear responsibility for any breaches of strict mitigations agreed as part of the relaxation.
Lockdown meant that the menswear Fashion Week in January was cancelled this year, while February’s was entirely virtual.
But the new measures raise questions about the fairness of the system which has allowed the rich and famous to bypass the normal quarantine procedures.