A British couple on vacation in Morocco were trapped after the Moroccan government decided to fly to and from Great Britain due to rising Covid rates.
Chloe Cervone and her partner Lucy Ross, from Whitby in Yorkshire, were nearing the end of a fifteen-day hiatus in the North Africa holiday hotspot when the Moroccan government cut flights to and from Britain due to the rate of infection. current in the UK.
They were due to return home on Thursday night before the new restrictions were implemented and all flights to the UK were canceled.
The couple are now stranded abroad, albeit in a luxury resort, but they are unsure when they will be able to return to the UK and may be forced to pay to extend their stay.
It comes as the number of infections in the UK reaches the highest point since July, raising fears about a possible return of Covid restrictions in the coming winter months.
Chloe Cervone (left) and her partner Lucy Ross are ‘stranded’ at a luxurious all-inclusive after new Covid rules thwarted plans to fly back to Britain
The couple are stranded until further news from the Moroccan government on whether flights to Britain will be allowed. Meanwhile, they are forced to remain seated inside the Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout (pictured)
Located near sandy beaches, the all-inclusive resort where the two are trapped is described on TripAdvisor as having the “ highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence, and sophistication, ” with five bars, a steakhouse and even a pastry shop (in the photo: Taghazout bay near the resort)
Chloe owns an ice cream parlor in Whitby and was ready to get back in business to earn more money before the winter months.
“We were supposed to fly last night, but the flight was canceled,” Chloe said.
“We have been told that it will be rescheduled for tonight, but there is still a lot of uncertainty,” said Chloe, who runs Flows Flavors Ice Cream.
The couple are stranded until further news from the Moroccan government on whether flights to Britain will be allowed.
Meanwhile, they are forced to remain seated inside the Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout.
Located near sandy beaches, the all-inclusive resort is described on TripAdvisor as having the ‘highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication’, with five bars, a steakhouse and even a patisserie.
While Chloe admits that it is ‘beautiful’, they are still trying to figure out when their flight to Manchester will happen, and may be forced to pay huge sums to extend their stay in Morocco at the resort.
Chloe Cervone (left) runs an ice cream parlor in Whitby, Yorkshire. Chloe and her partner Lucy Ross have admitted that their resort is ‘beautiful’, but they have no idea when they will be able to return to the UK and may be forced to pay huge sums to extend their stay in Morocco.
Although Chloe and Lucy could certainly be stranded in much worse conditions, their story serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers of vacationing in the pandemic amid an ever-changing landscape of international travel restrictions (pictured: coast from Agadir, Morocco, near the resort)
“We have spoken with our representatives this morning, but they have told us that they do not know what is happening,” he added.
They’ll update us at 6pm tonight to let us know if we can go home or not, but it seems highly unlikely.
“I’m not complaining though, as it is heaven here in an empty complex and just what the Flows Flavors ice cream team needed after a busy summer selling ice cream in Whitby.”
While they wait to find out when they can return, Chloe used her company’s Facebook page to message home that things weren’t too bad.
Posting a photo of his sun-drenched resort, he added the caption: ‘Trapped in paradise (what a shame).
“We were hoping to return this weekend to serve you your favorite sweets, but due to these unforeseen circumstances, we will have to wait and see.”
While Chloe and Lucy could certainly be stranded in far worse conditions, their story is just one of many in which British tourists have been trapped abroad amid the ever-changing landscape of international travel restrictions.
While British tourists have flocked to tourist destinations since the rules were relaxed, the UK’s rising infection rate could cause other countries to follow Morocco’s lead.
The country suspended all flights to Britain, as well as Germany and the Netherlands, from 23:59 BST on Wednesday until further notice.
So far, Boris Johnson has echoed the optimism of the Government’s scientific advisory panel that the current Covid numbers are ‘fully in line’ with what was expected.
The action comes amid fears that the UK’s infection rate is starting to spiral out of control once again. Current figures show that our infection rate is around 45 times higher than that of Morocco.
There is growing concern that new restrictions are needed during the winter, such as face masks, to ease pressure on the NHS.
At Teesside, patients are reportedly already facing seven-hour ER waits after the busiest month on record.
So far, Boris Johnson has echoed the optimism of the Government’s scientific advisory panel that current Covid numbers are “fully in line” with expectations.
But he has admitted that a widespread return to work from home and mild restrictions are ‘kept under constant review’ to stop a possible spike in Covid and alleviate an overburdened NHS.