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London, May 22 . .- The British Government announced today that it will impose a 14-day quarantine on travelers arriving in the country from June 8 to try to prevent further outbreaks of coronavirus from abroad.
Interior Minister Priti Patel said at a press conference that skipping quarantine would be punishable by £ 1,000 in England (1,120 euros), while Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – the rest of the UK – will establish their own sanctions and the police will carry out random house checks to verify compliance.
Travelers arriving from the Republic of Ireland and certain workers, such as restrooms, carriers and seasonal workers hired for agriculture, will be exempt from the measure.
The government will review its strategy every three weeks and considers the possibility of agreeing “air bridges” with countries that have “low transmission levels.”
The details of the plan were revealed in a day in which the United Kingdom reached 36,393 deaths from COVID-19, after adding 351 deaths, and detected 3,287 new infections, an increase compared to 2,615 cases the previous day. The country continues to be the most affected in Europe by the pandemic.
Despite doubts expressed by some scientists and dozens of English municipalities, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintains his plans to start reopening schools in England from June 1.
COUNTRY ENTRY FORM
All persons arriving in the UK by plane, train or ship from June 8 must fill out a form with their personal details, their travel plans, and inform the customs police of the address where they intend to isolate themselves.
Hotels, as well as houses of friends and family, will be accepted places for quarantine, but if the place chosen by travelers does not meet the necessary requirements, or does not have one, they will be required to stay two weeks in “facilities set up its disposition by the government, “said Patel.
Newcomers will be advised to use private transport, such as a car, to travel to the quarantine site, which they should not leave in 14 days and where they will not be able to receive visits, except in case they need essential help.
They will not be able to go out to work, study, use public transport or taxis, or be in public areas such as parks, and will only be able to leave the home or hotel to buy food and basic products if it is not possible for someone to take them to House.
They will also be asked to install the official government application to detect COVID-19 infections on their phones once it is available.
“At a time when the world is beginning to emerge from what we hope has been the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect British citizens by reducing the risk of cases crossing our borders,” declared the minister.
FINES AND DOMESTIC CONTROLS
The border force will have the power to refuse entry into the country of any non-UK resident alien who refuses to comply with quarantine.
Failure to fill out the mandatory form upon arrival in the country, travelers face a penalty of £ 100 (€ 112).
The Home Secretary warned that the authorities will carry out random house checks in England to verify that the rule is met and the home has not been abandoned.
Breaking the confinement will imply a fine of 1,000 pounds (1,112 euros) and may also lead to the opening of a judicial process.
“Expulsion from the country will be considered as a last resort for foreigners who refuse to comply with these public health measures,” the government said in a statement.
The obligation to isolate for two weeks will not apply to any traveler who transits between territories of the so-called Common Circulation Area (CTA), which allows the unrestricted cross-border passage of Irish and British citizens between both countries, as well as the islands. of the Canal and the Isle of Man.
Neither transporters nor health professionals dedicated to fighting the pandemic should comply with this quarantine, while agricultural seasonal workers may work on the property of the company that has hired them, although they cannot abandon it during the first two weeks.
Citizens arriving in the country through France will not be exempt from quarantine, as the Executive had suggested when it announced its intention to impose restrictions two weeks ago.
However, the creation of “air bridges” with other countries where the rate of transmission of the disease is low is continuing to be studied, in the event that there is mutual recognition of “control measures” at the airport or station. starting, detailed the Government.
The plan will be subject to review every three weeks and will be modified “in line with the latest scientific evidence”.