What time is Priti Patel’s UK quarantine travel announcement today? – The SunJune 3, 2020
WHILE all eyes will be on the House of Commons at midday to see how the PM performs opposite the Labour leader, Priti Patel's tourist quarantine details are also being unveiled.
It’s been reported that Downing Street didn't ask its SAGE group of top scientists for guidance on its quarantine plan ahead of Patel's announcement.
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What time is Priti Patel's speech on UK travel rules?
The Prime Minister will face PMQs at noon today, with Priti Patel's statement on quarantine expected to follow a 12.30pm urgent question on the impact of Covid-19 on aviation – at about 1pm.
What is the home secretary expected to say?
New quarantine restrictions on travellers arriving in the UK will be set out by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
These include requiring the majority of visitors to Britain to self-isolate for 14 days, to prevent coronavirus cases being introduced from overseas.
The UK coronavirus death toll could reach 50,000, having passed 49,800 on June 2.
Patel is also expected to say:
- Officials will be granted powers to refuse entry to foreign travellers who disobey UK authorities
- A breach of self-isolation in England would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice
- Or, rule-flouters could face potential prosecution and an unlimited fine
- Devolved administrations will set out their own enforcement action
- Removal from the country would be considered "as a last resort" for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with the order to stay at a single residence
- The rules would also only be in place for an initial three weeks, with the first review on June 29
- Travellers will be able to board public transport to wherever they plan to go into quarantine
- People under the restrictions will be allowed to leave home for get food
- The plans come into force on June 8
What are the current UK quarantine rules?
There are currently no quarantine rules in place for those arriving in the UK – but they have to stick to the same restrictions in place for Brits to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
MPs and experts have urged the Government to rethink its 14-day quarantine for anyone flying into Britain from June 8, to avoid killing off the travel industry.
Ministers are aiming to replace the coronavirus quarantine rule, due to come into effect on June 8, with a plan for so-called air bridges which would enable unrestricted travel between low-risk countries.
In a survey of 124 chief executives, owners and business leaders in the travel and hospitality industry, 71 per cent said they expected to make almost two-thirds of their staff redundant if the quarantine measures go ahead.
The vast majority of respondents said they would prefer air bridges to the quarantine regime.
The government said that as the rate of infection in the UK falls and the number of travellers arriving in the country begins to rise, imported cases could become a higher proportion of the overall number of cases and risk a second wave of the coronavirus.
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