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British couple stranded in Morocco after country BANS flights to and from UK due to Covid

A British couple on holiday in Morocco have been trapped after the Moroccan government decided to ground flights to and from Britain due to rising Covid rates. 

Chloe Cervone and partner Lucy Ross, from Whitby in Yorkshire, were nearing the end of a fortnight break to the North African holiday hotspot when the Moroccan Government axed flights to and from Britain due to the current infection rate in the UK.

They were due to jet home on Thursday night before the new restrictions were implemented and all flights to the UK were cancelled. 

The pair are now stranded abroad, albeit in a luxury resort, but 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, sparking fears about a potential return of Covid restrictions in the coming winter months.  

Chloe Cervone (left) and partner Lucy Ross are ‘stranded’ in a luxury all-inclusive after new Covid rules scuppered plans to fly back to Britain

The pair are stranded until they receive more word from the Moroccan government on whether any flights to Britain will be allowed. In the meantime, they are forced to sit tight inside the Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout (pictured)

The pair are stranded until they receive more word from the Moroccan government on whether any flights to Britain will be allowed. In the meantime, they are forced to sit tight inside the Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout (pictured)

Located near sandy beaches, the all-inclusive resort where the pair 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 patisserie (pictured: Taghazout bay close to the resort)

Located near sandy beaches, the all-inclusive resort where the pair 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 patisserie (pictured: Taghazout bay close to the resort) 

Chloe runs an ice-cream shop in Whitby and was set to return to the business to make some more cash before the winter months.  

‘We were supposed to fly out last night, but the flight was cancelled,’ said Chloe.

‘We have been told it is going to be rescheduled for tonight, but there is still so much uncertainty,’ said Chloe, who runs Flows Flavours Ice Cream.

The pair are stranded until they receive more word from the Moroccan government on whether any flights to Britain will be allowed.

In the meantime, they are forced to sit tight 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 it is ‘gorgeous’, they are still trying to find out when their flight to Manchester will eventually 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 shop in Whitby, Yorkshire. Chloe and partner Lucy Ross admitted their resort is 'gorgeous', but 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

Chloe Cervone (left) runs an ice cream shop in Whitby, Yorkshire. Chloe and partner Lucy Ross admitted their resort is ‘gorgeous’, but 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

Though Chloe and Lucy could certainly be stranded in much worse conditions, their story serves as a stark reminder as to the potential perils of holidaying in the pandemic amid a constantly changing landscape of international travel restrictions (pictured: Agadir coast, Morocco, close to the resort)

Though Chloe and Lucy could certainly be stranded in much worse conditions, their story serves as a stark reminder as to the potential perils of holidaying in the pandemic amid a constantly changing landscape of international travel restrictions (pictured: Agadir coast, Morocco, close to the resort)

‘We have spoken to our reps this morning, but they have told us they don’t know what is happening,’ she added.

‘They will update us at 6PM tonight to let us know if we can go home or not, but it seems very unlikely.

‘I am not complaining though as it is paradise out here in an empty resort and just what the Flows Flavours 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 firm’s Facebook page to send a message back home that things weren’t too bad.

Posting a picture of her sun-drenched resort, she added the caption: ‘Stuck in paradise (what a shame).

‘We were hoping to be back out this weekend serving you your favourite sweet treats, but due to these unforeseen circumstances we will have to wait and see.’

Though Chloe and Lucy could certainly be stranded in much worse conditions, their story is just one of many in which British holidaymakers have been trapped abroad amid the constantly changing landscape of international travel restrictions. 

While British holidaymakers have flocked to tourist destinations since the rules were relaxed, the UK’s spiralling infection rate could potentially see other countries follow Morocco’s lead.

The country suspended all flights to Britain – as well as Germany and Holland – from 23:59 BST on Wednesday until further notice.

Boris Johnson has thus far echoed the optimism of the Government's scientific advisory panel that the current Covid numbers are 'fully in line' with what was expected

Boris Johnson has thus far 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 the UK’s infection rate is starting to once again spiral out of control. Current figures shows our infection rate is around 45 times higher than Morocco’s.

There are growing concerns fresh restrictions may be needed over the winter, such as face masks, to ease pressure on the NHS. 

On Teesside, patients are already reportedly facing seven hour A&E waits following the busiest month on record.

Boris Johnson has thus far echoed the optimism of the Government’s scientific advisory panel that the current Covid numbers are ‘fully in line’ with what was expected.

But he has admitted that a widespread return to working from home and light restrictions are being ‘kept under constant review’ to stem a potential spike in Covid and relieve an overloaded NHS. 


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