Coronavirus: UK arrivals to face $1,200 fines for breaking Covid-19 quarantine

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel will today announce a programme where any person arriving in the country will be forced to quarantine for 14 days to try to keep coronavirus under control.

Meanwhile the BBC is reporting that those failing to adhere to the quarantine rules could face a £1,000 fine. The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from overseas increases.

Separate enforcement rules will be set by the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice. There will be spot checks where you could be contacted by phone by Public Health England officials who will ask you a series of questions about your self-isolation. The British authorities would be carrying out spot-checks and those refusing to comply with the measures would be refused entry to the UK.

"I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures".

He told Nick Ferrari: "Quarantining people coming into the country really matters when of if we get our incidence really low - so if our incidence is much lower than other countries then it makes some sense to do that".

The government argues that it simply wouldn't have made enough of a difference while the virus was spreading widely within the UK.

"As the number of infections within the United Kingdom drops, we must now manage the risk of transmissions being reintroduced from elsewhere", he added.

It came as teachers' union leaders said they remained unconvinced it will be safe to reopen primary schools in England on 1 June.

The British government had flip-flopped over exemptions for travellers from France. Materials will be available in English and 9 other languages.

Officials would not be drawn on whether the measure will be in place long-term.

Arriving passengers will have to provide contact details and will be checked on regularly during the two weeks, the government said.

Anyone who can not provide a suitable address will be provided accommodation by the Government.

The Home Office said the proposed accommodation will need to meet necessary requirements, such as a hotel or a private address with friends or family.

During the period of self-isolation the arrivals will not be allowed to accept visitors, unless they are providing essential support, and they should not go out to buy food or other essentials "where they can rely on others." . Britain has said it may consider the idea, but Italy has condemned it, fearing it will exclude the country, which has seen more than 32,000 COVID-19 deaths.

The Home Office has been working closely with industry partners ahead of announcing these changes. The measures will be reviewed every 3 weeks.

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