Measures imposing a two-week quarantine on international arrivals to the UK have come into force today, amid warnings from travel bosses over the economic impact.
Under new rules, those arriving at UK ports and airports must now stay at home for 14-days, providing an address and contact details to allow authorities to carry out spot checks.
Anyone found in breach of the rules could be subject to a fine of up to £1,000.
Exemptions apply to goods suppliers, medical professionals, seasonal agricultural workers and those arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Heathrow Airport’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, warned that the restrictions will hamper the country’s economic recovery.
“We’ll see very few air travellers and of course that also means fewer planes and less trade happening because a lot of the exports and supply chains to the UK come in the luggage holds of passenger planes.
“So this lockdown of people is also locking down the economy and until we have a plan for how we can get out of this, I think large parts of the UK economy will remain at a standstill.”
But, presenting the legislation to Parliament last week, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the move is “backed by the science, supported by the public and essential to save lives.”
“We know [the measures] will present difficulties for the tourism industry, but that’s why we have an unprecedented package of support, the most comprehensive in the world, for both employees and businesses,” she told MPs.
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