The fourteen-day mandatory quarantine for holidaymakers arriving in the UK from Spain will be slashed to just ten days. The report comes after thousands of Britons were forced to cancel their holidays amid fears of losing their jobs or missing out on pay as the Government unexpectedly imposed the quarantine for two weeks.
The new move is being outlined to mitigate the impact of the sudden exercise of restrictions.
Incoming travellers from high-risk countries could be tested for COVID-19 eight days after arriving in the UK, and they would be able to leave their homes should they test negative for the pathogen, The Telegraph reported.
It is believed that if someone tests negative for the disease eight days after potential exposure, it is likely they are not infected.
A government spokesman said changes to the length of the self-isolation period were still being discussed and no agreements had been reached yet, according to The Telegraph.
Coronavirus quarantine slashed for arrivals from Spain
Families hoping to get a break following arduous months stuck indoors throughout the stringent lockdown hit out at the Government’s sudden decision to demand travellers returning from Spain to quarantine for a fortnight.
One traveller, a retail employee, arrived back at Newcastle Airport after a week in Benidorm with her mother and daughter.
She said: “I spoke to my boss and unfortunately I’m not going to get paid.
“I just can’t believe we were allowed to fly last Monday no problem and now this happened.
Incoming travellers from high-risk countries could be tested for COVID-19 eight days after arriving in the UK
“I also have two sons at home who work full-time, so if we all stay together that’s three of us for two weeks with no pay.”
The news, revealed on Saturday, have prompted airlines to take swift action to avoid further losses.
Jet2 on Monday cancelled flights to mainland Spain until August 17, while TUI announced it would not operate in Spain.
The restriction affected as many as 600,000 UK holidaymakers who had booked holidays to the southern European nation.
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Another holiday maker, an NHS worker, faces two weeks unpaid due to the new plans, after she booked a Malaga holiday for a well-deserved break following months of strenuous work fighting the pandemic.
Ms Ley said: “We have got a private pool so we’re trying to enjoy our holiday, but it’s been ruined by the two weeks when we get back.
“We don’t want to spend any money now because we’ve lost the next two weeks at our jobs.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with me for work, if they’re going to make me take leave or holiday and you’ve got that hanging over you.”
Downing Street has urged those who are unable to work due to the quarantine to claim Universal Credit or employment support allowance.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was on holiday in Spain when the measure was announced
The help would give claimants up to £74.35 a week to help with some of their expenses.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was on holiday in Spain when the measure was announced.
He returned to the UK, where he must now self-isolate, to try to deal with the situation as thousands of Britons are left confused.
Speaking to The Sun, Mr Shapps said he decided to leave his family in Spain upon finding out about the new measure on Saturday, just hours after he landed in the country.
On Monday, the Government issued a warning against all but essential travel to Spain’s islands of Majorca, Ibiza and the Canary Islands.