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Wales may or­der English vis­i­tors to iso­late

- By Charles Hy­mas Home Af­fairs editor Society · European Politics · Politics · England · Boris Johnson · West Midlands · West Midlands (Regional) League · Midlands · West Midlands · United Kingdom · Welsh Assembly Government · Wales · Vaughan Gething · Welsh Conservative Party

WALES is “ac­tively con­sid­er­ing” im­pos­ing quar­an­tine on English vis­i­tors, the coun­try’s health min­is­ter has warned.

Vaughan Gething said min­is­ters were look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing 14-day self-iso­la­tion for vis­i­tors who came to Wales from “high-risk” hotspots in Eng­land.

He said it was an op­tion af­ter Boris John­son re­fused to re­strict peo­ple go­ing on hol­i­day to Wales from ar­eas in Eng­land un­der lo­cal lock­down.

He said: “We have quar­an­tine reg­u­la­tions for in­ter­na­tional travel. So for some of the hotspot ar­eas in the north of Eng­land, the North East and North West, and the West Mid­lands, if they were other coun­tries or ter­ri­to­ries, we would have quar­an­tine reg­u­la­tions for them to re­turn to the UK.”

Asked if the Welsh Gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing im­pos­ing quar­an­tine, he said: “From high in­ci­dence ar­eas across the UK, yes, we’re ac­tively con­sid­er­ing it.”

The move drew crit­i­cism over how it could be po­liced along the 160-mile bor­der and about ex­emp­tions for work­ers trav­el­ling be­tween the two coun­tries.

An­drew RT Davies, shadow health min­is­ter for the Welsh Con­ser­va­tives, said: “There’s all sorts of ques­tions to an­swer be­fore you even en­ter­tain im­ple­ment­ing such dra­matic ac­tion.”

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