UK announces 14-day quarantine for international passengers, face criticism

Most of the international passengers arriving in the UK will now have to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days even as the country announced the lifting of coronavirus lockdown.

The passengers would need to self-isolate in accommodation of their choice or in the one provided by the government.

They would also need to fill a “contact locator form” with all their details and anyone resisting will be penalised with a fine of £100.

Also, any failure to comply with the self-isolation rules could be fined £1000 and a possibility of prosecution.

The last resort for those who refuse to comply is deportation.

Apart from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, these rules apply to passengers coming from all other international destinations.

Explaining the reasons for the 14-day compulsory quarantine for foreign travellers, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that it is to, “protect the health of the British people.”

Priti Patel also justified the timing of the implementation of new rules for travellers and said that the decision has been guided by scientific advice.

Even as the UK is lifting lockdown slowly in a bid to kickstart the economy, the 14-day compulsory quarantine will be counterproductive.

The plans have been criticised by UK MP’s including former Tory international trade secretary Liam Fox who said, “I’m afraid that I simply cannot get my head around the public health mental gymnastics of this policy. If such a barrier was required, why was it not introduced earlier in the outbreak?”

Former PM Theresa May reportedly said that the decision will, “close Britain off from the rest of the world”.

Another Tory MP Theresa Villiers called for the suspension of plans and “save jobs in aviation and let families go on their summer breaks in the sun”.

In the 10 Downing Street daily press briefing held on Wednesday, PM Boris Johnson said, “We will review how the policy is working after three weeks. And of course, we will explore the possibility of international travel corridors with countries that have low rates of infection – but only when the evidence shows that it is safe to do so.”

These rules will come into force from Monday (June 8).

Going forward to the next step in the phased-out easing of rules includes the opening of all non-essential retailers like the high street and independent shops if they follow social distancing rules and also year 10 and 12.

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