People arriving in the UK will have to be self-quarantined for 14 days and will be fined £ 1,000 ($ 1,220) if they don’t comply, according to a plan released by the government on Friday.
The quarantine plan has sparked confusion and criticism from airlines, airports and jaded British people who are wondering if they will be able to take vacations abroad this summer.
Britain did not close its borders during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, which in this country has caused more than 36,000 deaths. It is introducing quarantine at a time when many European countries are beginning to reopen.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the rules will take effect on June 8 and will apply to people from all countries, except for Ireland, which has a free movement agreement with the United Kingdom. Ireland is expected to announce similar measures for people arriving there.
Patel said that as transmission of the virus declines within the country, quarantine will help prevent imported cases and prevent a second “devastating” wave of the virus.
There will be exceptions for cargo truckers, medical workers, and farm laborers.
Brits returning from abroad will have to stay home and avoid mixing with others for 14 days under the measures, which will be reviewed every three weeks.
That’s bad news for those who had hopes of a summer vacation. Patel said at a press conference that the government’s recommendation remains “very clear: nothing other than essential travel” abroad.
Passengers arriving in the country will have to provide whereabouts information and will be checked regularly during the two weeks, the government said. They will also be asked to download a contact tracking app that is being developed.
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