Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE -

LON­DON: Any­one ar­riv­ing in the UK, in­clud­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zens, from early June will need to quar­an­tine them­selves for 14 days or pay a £1,000 fine if they fail to do so, as part of plans to pre­vent an­other wave of Covid-19.

The Bri­tish govern­ment’s move has been crit­i­cised by the air­line and tourism in­dus­tries.

De­tails of the quar­an­tine plan were to be an­nounced later, but cabi­net min­is­ter Bran­don Lewis said that trav­ellers will be asked to fill in a form with con­tact in­for­ma­tion, and health of­fi­cials will per­form spot checks to en­sure com­pli­ance.

Vis­i­tors from Ire­land and the

Chan­nel Is­lands will be ex­empted, be­sides road hauliers and med­i­cal of­fi­cials.

Lewis told tele­vi­sion chan­nels, “We’re a coun­try that wel­comes peo­ple from all over the world. But it is ap­pro­pri­ate that we say ‘if you’re com­ing to the United King­dom, we need to pro­tect your own health and the health of the peo­ple of the United King­dom’.”

Air­lines UK, the as­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish air­line com­pa­nies, ex­pressed “col­lec­tive frus­tra­tion” in a let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son, ar­gu­ing that the “peo­ple will sim­ply choose not to travel to and from the UK”.

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