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UK Home Secretary Patel announces 14-day quarantine, fines for arrivals from overseas [VIDEO]
26 May 2020

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Under a plan announced last week by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, beginning 8 June, arrivals to the UK - including returning UK citizens - from any country other than Ireland will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days or face a 1000 GBP fine "to guard against imported cases" of COVID-19.

Travelers would be required to provide a UK address and contact information upon arrival, which would be subject to spot checks.

Essential workers like doctors, nurses and truckers will likely be exempt from the quarantine requirement.

Ms. Patel has said the government will review the quarantine requirement every 3 weeks.

An earlier provision of the plan would have exempted visitors from France, but that idea was quashed after the EU complained that it would constitute unequal treatment across its member states.

Airline industry spokespersons have said the quarantine requirement will adversely impact its ability to recover from COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Will Ms. Patel be able to pull this off? Watch this space.

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