Grant Shapps: France ‘likely’ to impose reciprocal quarantine rules

Friday, August 14, 2020

French authorities could impose reciprocal quarantine measures in response to UK restrictions on arrivals, the Transport Secretary has said.

It was announced last night that people arriving in Britain from France after 4am on Saturday will be required to spend 14 days in self-isolation due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the country.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Grant Shapps said French authorities have indicated it is “quite likely” they will impose reciprocal restrictions on British holidaymakers.

“It’s obviously for the French to say but I think, in the friendliest possible way, they will want to make it equal in both directions and we understand that,” the Cabinet minister added.

Following last night’s development, of the 300,000 British tourists currently in France, an estimated 160,000 are expected to try to return to the UK before the measures come into force.

The conditions will also apply to travellers returning to the UK from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England detected a significant change in Covid-19 risk in all six destinations.

Department for Transport officials said data from France shows that over the past week there has been a 66 per cent increase in newly reported Covid-19 cases .

The latest 14-day cumulative figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control show 32.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in France, compared with 18.5 in the UK.

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