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Blue O Two a Casualty of COVID

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Popular British dive tour operator Blue O Two, best known for its Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards, but which also ran trips around the world with partners such as Master Liveaboards, has been put into administration, which is bankruptcy in the U.S. Owners Jason Strickland and Nathan Tyler place the blame squarely on the U.K. government's strict and constantly changing COVID travel restrictions.

They said, "The U.K. has had the most stringent travel restrictions in place. They have been consistently changing, hard to understand, and made it almost impossible to deliver what you all love doing the most - diving. With limited, tailored support for our sector, livelihoods, and families, were affected across the entire travel industry . . . During this period of huge uncertainty, decision-making has been very difficult . . . . Team members have got used to decisions one day having to be reversed overnight - depending on global government guidance and updates, in particular the U.K. travel restrictions. Given the financial damage caused by the pandemic, and despite our relentless best efforts to save Blue O2 Ltd, unfortunately, and with regret, the decision was made to cease trading."...

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