Holidays abroad this year were looking bleak last month as the UK introduced 14-day quarantine rules and travel bans remained in place. But now, there may well be some hope on the horizon for keen travellers hoping for a holiday this year. Despite the UK’s quarantine rules being put in place from June 8, the government is reportedly already considering introducing “air bridges” from the end of the month.
The Government is understood to be considering “air bridges” so that people can travel without having to spend two weeks self-isolating on their return.
Currently, anyone looking to go abroad in mid-June for a week could face having to take three weeks off work.
The only exceptions are those travelling from the Common Travel Area which includes the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland.
There is also a list of job exceptions on the government’s website.
Holidays 2020: ‘Air bridges’ could be introduced this month despite new quarantine rules
Holidays 2020: The Government is understood to be considering “air bridges”
Home Secretary Priti Patel introduced the new measures on May 20 in a government press conference.
But since then, the plans have been fiercely criticised by bosses in the travel and tourism industries.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been especially vocal about the detrimental effect the quarantine rules could have on airlines.
Mr O’Leary previously told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s laughable that this Government can come up with any plans for a quarantine that will be strict and fully enforced when already they are exempting the Irish, the French…
“It is idiotic and it’s unimplementable. You don’t have enough police in the UK to implement a two-week lockdown.”
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Many Tory backbenchers are also understood to be opposing the quarantine rules.
Tory MP for Crawley Henry Smith said that the quarantine plans had not been thought through.
He said: “It’s well-intentioned but it hasn’t been thought through.
“It sounds good, to stop people at the borders so we don’t get re-infections of COVID-19.
Holidays 2020: The “air bridges” plan was first mentioned by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
“But I don’t think it is going to be a benefit to public health and will prolong the economic damage.”
And now it has been revealed that out of those who arrive in the UK, only a fifth will be checked to see if they’re actually following the rules, according to The Guardian.
The newspaper also said that people will be able to provide the government with more than one address for their isolation and that they are allowed to buy food and medicines.
But minister are now understood to be considering introducing air bridges once the quarantine rules are reviewed three weeks after they are put in place.
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The UK would have to make agreements with other countries so that the “air bridges” can be put in place.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly “personally in favour” of the “air bridge” plan, according to the Daily Telegraph.
More details regarding the quarantine rules are expected to be released on Tuesday as airline and airport bosses meet with government officials.
The “air bridges” plan was first mentioned by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during a press conference.
Mr Shapps said last month that the government were in “active discussions” over the bridges.