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Mon Jun 1, 2020, 07:04 PM

Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine [View all]

Source: The Guardian

Critics round on No 10 over 'ridiculous' rules for 14-day quarantine

Exclusive: Opponents claim exemptions to rules could mean great economic pain for little public health benefit

Vikram Dodd and Peter Walker
Mon 1 Jun 2020 21.25 BST
Last modified on Mon 1 Jun 2020 23.15 BST

Tens of thousands of new arrivals to the UK will be able to go food shopping, change accommodation and use public transport from airports during a 14-day quarantine imposed to prevent a second wave of coronavirus, under draft plans to be laid before parliament.

The Guardian understands that about a fifth of people are expected to receive a spot-check to ensure that they are staying at the address or addresses they have provided to the authorities, but enforcement of the quarantine will be limited.

The rules, still being finalised and due to be published on Tuesday before coming into effect next week, have prompted cross-party concerns about the potentially limited impact on public health amid warnings of the severe damage that could be caused to the travel and aviation industry.

Priti Patel, the home secretary, announced on 22 May that nearly all international arrivals at UK ports, including airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals, must quarantine for 14 days from Monday 8 June. There are exemptions for health workers, scientists, lorry drivers and others.

During the coronavirus travel quarantine period, people will be allowed to leave their given address to buy food including for pets or medicine or to fulfil a legal obligation, it is understood. Arrivals into the country will be able to provide more than one address where they will stay for the period, sources with knowledge of the draft plans told the Guardian.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/01/critics-round-on-no-10-over-ridiculous-rules-for-14-day-quarantine-coronavirus

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