Stewart Jackson: Quarantining arrivals ‘worst of both worlds’

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Former Conservative MP Stewart Jackson has criticised the government’s plan to impose a two week quarantine on international arrivals to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Under current plans, from June 8 all international arrivals - except those carrying out a number of specified roles, such as lorry drivers - would need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, the ex-special adviser said the proposal would be “the worst of both worlds”.

“You won’t definitively reduce to zero the risk of Covid coming into the UK from people coming back from the continent, but at the same time you will potentially pretty much destroy the capacity of the tourism industry to make any money,” he said.

Mr Jackson added: “You either have to have a Chinese-style super quarantine where you lock people up, or you say we can’t practically do this, we’ve just got to make sure that people are sensible.”

More details of the plans are expected to be set out by Home Secretary Priti Patel in Parliament today.

Ministers are reportedly looking at introducing quarantine-free travel between Britain and some countries when the policy is reviewed at the end of this month.

If infection rates at home and abroad are sufficiently low, the government is understood to be considering so-called “air bridges” to enable people to travel without having to spend two weeks self-isolating on their return.

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