The UK will introduce quarantine measures on June 8 for all foreign tourists visiting the British Isles and returning British nationals, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday.
The measure is part of a new package of restrictions imposed by the country to prevent a second wave of contamination.
The measure requires travelers to be in self-imposed insulation for two weeks. Details of where they reside should be provided to UK authorities.
Travelers to the Irish islands are exempt from the rule, as are transport and healthcare workers. The British government expects tourists and British to go to their location by car and let others shop for them.
Anyone who violates the measures risks a fine of £ 1,000 (1,117 euros). Foreigners can also be expelled from the country. The insulation is checked by means of random checks.
British airlines disappointed
The measures are a slap in the face of British airlines. CEOs have issued several warnings in recent weeks of the “devastating economic blow” to their companies if the UK is locked.
According to Patel, the country is not completely locked: “After all, the borders remain open.” Passengers on arriving flights are already informed in air of the new regulations and airports are responsible for informing travelers when they land.
British government scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said on Friday that the distance measures will remain in effect for the time being. Contact professions such as dentists are also not allowed to start work, although a protocol is being worked on to open them.
In the UK, more than a quarter of a million people are infected with the coronavirus, while nearly 37,000 residents have died from the effects of the virus. In recent weeks, the British people have been complaining increasingly about the approach of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who relaxed the corona measures for the British people in early May.
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