The UK government is imposing a 2 week quarantine period for the new arrivals to the UK. This exercise will begin on June 8th, 2020.
Priti Patel announced the policy on Friday stating: “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 UK government is taking preventive measures to prevent new waves of coronavirus from entering the UK. In case of non-compliance, individuals will have to pay a fine.
New Quarantine Rules
The new plan involves the following directives of the UK government:
- Failure to comply will be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England, or prosecution with an unlimited fine. Devolved nations can set out their own enforcement approaches.
- If the selected accommodation does not meet the requirement the individuals will have to self-isolate in hotel accommodation arranged by the government.
- Travelers will be required to given information via a form providing their contact and travel information. So the can be contacted regularly during the 14 days to ensure their compliance.
- Exemptions will include anyone moving from within the common travel area covering Ireland, the Channel Island, and the Isle of Man. Volunteers and medical professionals traveling to help the coronavirus effort. Along with seasonal agricultural workers who will self-isolate on the property they are working.
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.”
The new plan is receiving all sorts of positive and negative views. Major airliners are reacting to this initiative.
“By introducing a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for every single traveler entering the UK, the Government’s approach will prevent flights from resuming,” said a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic.
The British Airways announced that it will resume flights from a number of UK airports from 15 June.
Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair previously mentioned these plans as “unenforceable and unpoliceable”. The airline recently confirmed it will not “request or receive” state aid as it is set to drop passenger numbers over the next year.