UK to impose 14-day quarantine from June 8, British home secretary says

The UK will impose a two-week quarantine, with fixed penalty fines of £1,000 for any breaches from June 8, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced. 

Passengers will have to fill a form providing their contact and travel information so they can be traced if infections arise and could be contacted regularly during the 14 days to ensure their compliance.

Breaches will be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England, or prosecution with an unlimited fine, while devolved nations can set out their own enforcement approaches.

Anyone arriving by air, sea or rail will be advised to use personal transport to head to their accommodation and once there not leave for 14 days. But it will not apply to people coming from Ireland, medics tackling Covid-19 and seasonal agricultural workers.and truck drivers.

There are currently an estimated 500,000 Romanians living in Britain.

They work as doctors and nurses in the NHS, as care workers, bus drivers, construction engineers and agricultural laborers.

Patel said „we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.”

Travelers will be asked to fill in a form with their contact information, and health officials will perform spot checks to ensure compliance with the measures.

She said Britain was introducing the new measures to keep “the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.”

Last week, France announced that travelers to France from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days from June 8.

Many other countries already require arriving passengers to enter a 14-day quarantine, including New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and the US.

The government has also advised against all but essential international travel and warned that people displaying any Covid-19 symptoms should not travel at all.

The new rules will be reviewed and updated accordingly every three weeks.


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