- 1 Remote press
- 2 Regular screening
- 3 Cruise ship
For three days, from this Friday to Sunday, the leaders of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom will discuss in Carbis Bay, seaside resort of the west coast of Cornwall, the post-pandemic recovery, the fair distribution of anti-covid vaccines and climate change. All vaccinated at least partially against covid-19, they will be joined by those of the European Union and countries invited by the United Kingdom, which this year holds the rotating presidency of the G7 (Australia, India, South Korea, Africa from South). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate virtually, given the severity of the health crisis in his country. The press, whose number of accreditations has been reduced, will be kept at a distance, installed in a center in Falmouth, about forty kilometers from Carbis Bay.
Participants – leaders, delegations and the press – must undergo regular screening. This is to prevent the virus from spreading as the United Kingdom is plagued by outbreaks of the Delta variant initially identified in India, despite a very advanced vaccination campaign. The accredited journalists were thus ordered to carry out two rapid tests before the start of the summit, then daily during each of the three days of the event, then two the following week. Proof of negative result is required in order to access the press center. Any contaminated person will have to isolate themselves and a dedicated tracing system is planned.
The restrictions in force in the United Kingdom are also in force: wearing of the mask obligatory in closed places, respect for social distancing of two meters, frequent hand washing, indoor interactions limited to six people or two households.
But heads of state and government will not wear masks for the family photo (outside), and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not shake hands – a gesture he bragged about making still at the start of the pandemic.
Four sites (Plymouth, Falmouth, Truro and Exeter) have been set up by the police to host the demonstrations planned during the summit, placed under very high police surveillance. But several associations have already indicated that they would boycott them, with the aim of disrupting the meeting in Carbis Bay as much as possible.
Some 6,500 police officers in total will be mobilized – 5,000 reinforcements in addition to the local police, which evokes on Twitter “the most important police and security operation in its history”. The army will also provide support.
A thousand police officers will be accommodated on a ship moored in Falmouth, the MS Silja Europa, which usually sails in the Baltic Sea. On its website, its owner, Estonian company Tallink, describes it as “the biggest and most beautiful cruise ship” in the area. However, there is no question of taking advantage of the spa and bars on board: the anti-covid rules will also be in force here.
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