UK Government Seeks to Relax Travel Quarantine Rules
The UK Government is looking for ways to relax the mandatory two-week period of self-isolation that will be imposed on all those who undertake foreign travel in the coming months, the BBC has reported.
The measures are due to come into effect on the 8th June. With only a small number of exceptions such healthcare workers, seasonal farm workers and police officers, members of the public who take a foreign holiday will have to self-isolate for two subsequent weeks. This quarantine will be enforced with spot-checks and those who violate it will be fined £1,000.
A number of politicians and businesses have criticised the plan asserting that it would damage the travel industry. Over 200 business leaders have asked the government to abandon these measures.
The list of workers exempt from the rule could be expanded and the government could makes use of so-called ‘air bridges’ which would permit quarantine-free travel to and from countries with low rates of coronavirus infection. So far travel to the Republic of Ireland will be exempt from the rule, however, this list may be expanded.
As Britain is behind other European countries in terms of tackling coronavirus, other countries may prove reluctant to welcome British tourists. Spain and Greece have warned that the situation in the UK will have to improve before British tourists will be permitted to enter.
The death rates in England and Wales have dropped to their lowest level since March. Some children have returned to school with provisions for social distancing. Small social gatherings have been permitted outdoors.