VIS­I­TORS TO U.K. FACE 14-DAY QUAR­AN­TINE

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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 move has been crit­i­cised by the air­line and tourism in­dus­tries. De­tails of the quar­an­tine plan are to be an­nounced at the daily Down­ing Street brief­ing later on Fri­day, 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 TV chan­nels, “...But it is ap­pro­pri­ate that we say ‘if you’re com­ing to the United King­dom, we need to pro­tect your own health and of the peo­ple of the UK’.”

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 move has been crit­i­cised by the air­line and tourism in­dus­tries.

De­tails of the quar­an­tine plan are to be an­nounced at the daily Down­ing Street brief­ing later on Fri­day, 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, un­der the plans to be an­nounced by home sec­re­tary Priti Pa­tel.

Lewis told TV 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. The let­ter read, An open-ended quar­an­tine, with no set end date, will make an al­ready crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion for UK avi­a­tion, and all the busi­nesses we sup­port, even worse.

“Peo­ple will sim­ply choose not to travel to and from the UK, at the same time as economies in Europe and around the world be­gin open­ing up their bor­ders.”

The let­ter also said, “Ground­ing air­lines in­def­i­nitely will fur­ther ex­ac­er­bate an al­ready dev­as­tat­ing eco­nomic im­pact on UK avi­a­tion, pro­long­ing the rev­enue cri­sis and de­lay­ing even fur­ther the start of a re­cov­ery for a sec­tor that sup­ports over 1.5 mil­lion UK jobs.”

As of Thurs­day’s cu­mu­la­tive UK-wide fig­ures, Covid-19 has claimed 36,042 lives and in­fected 250,098 peo­ple. Lon­don, which has been a hot spot, reg­is­tered some of the low­est num­ber of new cases in re­cent days, prompt­ing some eas­ing of lock­down re­stric­tions.

REUTERS

■ A file photo of an Eti­had Air­bus A380 air­craft fly­ing over the top of res­i­den­tial houses to land at Heathrow Air­port in Lon­don.

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