Arrivals at airports to be forced to quarantine under Boris Johnson’s plan to exit the lockdown – The Sun

ARRIVALS at airports will be forced to quarantine under Boris Johnson's plan to exit the lockdown.

The PM tonight revealed his "first careful steps" of easing the coronavirus lockdown to get life back to normal.

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And he tonight confirmed reports that people arriving in the UK will be quarantined for two weeks to stop a second coronavirus wave.

However, the PM fell short of introducing the quarantine to all arrivals – with the rules instead only applying to those flying into the UK.

But No1o tonight said they were still working out the detail on whether the quarantine would include arrivals by port or Channel Tunnel.

Speaking to the nation tonight, Boris said: "To prevent re-infection from abroad, I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air."

It is understood holidaymakers and travellers arriving into the country – including Brits – will be forced to self-isolate for a fortnight, or risk a £1,000 fine or deportation.

In a video message tonight the PM:

  • Urged Brits to get back to work if they can't from home
  • Revealed Brits would be allowed to sunbathe in parks and play unlimited sport from Wednesday – and can go on day trips
  • Said anyone coming into the country by air would be forced to quarantine
  • Schools will start going back from June – but only if the infection level is low enough
  • But he warned that pubs, cinemas and mass gatherings would be off the cards for months to come

It was previously reported that new arrivals will have to fill in a digital form to give UK officials a forwarding address where they will be self-isolating for the next 14 days, but travellers from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will be exempt.

Key workers and lorry drivers could also be allowed to dodge the requirement.

More details around the lockdown changes are set to be revealed tomorrow and into this week.

It is expected the new measures to curb the Covid-19 outbreak will come into place at the start of June.

Speaking in an address to the nation, Mr Johnson thanked the public for following the guidelines over the past six weeks.

He said: “It is thanks to your effort and sacrifice in stopping the spread of this disease that the death rate is coming down and hospital admissions are coming down.”

“Thanks to you we have protected our NHS and saved many thousands of lives.”

But he warned the battle against the bug had not been won yet.

Mr Johnson added: “It would be madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike.

“We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.”

So far, more than 31,000 lives have been lost to coronavirus in the UK with more than 219,000 cases.


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