The United Kingdom has decided to implement a 14 Day quarantine on arrival into the country.
The measure announced by the Home Secretary – Priti Patel in a briefing at Downing Street today.
Arrivals from the 8th June will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days on arrival. Travellers will need to tell the government where they will quarantine. This is backed with a big stick random spot checks and fines of £1000 for non-compliance.
Should a traveller have no suitable accommodation to go to, they will be required to says in “facilities arranged by the government”.
The following will be exempt:
- Lorry drivers
- Seasonal farm worker
- Coronavirus medics
In addition, entries from the following territories will be allowed to enter the UK without Quarantine:
- Republic of Ireland
- Channel Islands
- Isle of Man.
Whilst the idea of air bridges have been touted (allowing connections to low-infection countries), these will not be entertained at this time.
The new regulations will be reviewed every three weeks once introduced.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.
We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.
I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.
The content of the Home Secreatary’s announcement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-secretary-announces-new-public-health-measures-for-all-uk-arrivals.
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