New health measures come into force at UK borders
The UK government has proposed new measures that will came into force at the UK border to protect against a second wave of Covid-19.
The self-isolation measures being introduced from Monday are initiated to prevent new cases being brought in from abroad and to prevent a second wave of the virus.
Key measures being introduced include:
1. All arrivals will be required to complete an online locator form to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate for 14 days. International travellers that are unable to self-isolate in their own accommodation, the Government will support them finding appropriate accommodation at their own expense.
2. Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly during this period to ensure rules are being followed. Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort, for foreign nationals who refuse to obey these public health measures.
3. Anyone failing to follow with the mandatory conditions may be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine. It is argued that the level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases.
4. Border Force have the right to refuse entry to any non-resident foreign nationals, who refuses to comply with these regulations and isn’t resident in the UK. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice.
The rules do not apply those travelling from Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (CTA). Unless they have arrived in the CTA from overseas within the last 14 days, in which case they will be expected to provide locator details and self-isolate on arrival here.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said, "Protecting the public’s health and avoiding a second peak that overwhelms the NHS will always be our top priority.
"As we get the virus under control here, we must manage the risk of cases being imported from abroad. We owe it to the thousands who’ve lost their lives not to throw away our progress."
The new measures will be in place from 8 June across the United Kingdom.