Published on : Thursday, August 13, 2020
The travel and tourism sector has recently requested the government to think once again on its 14-day quarantine policy for vacationers as virus cases on the continent including France and Greece – put more countries within the scope of the blunt approach.
Tourism authorities have expressed concerns on the policy for vacationers like fulfilling all testing requirements at the airports and requirements of regional quarantine being the alternatives, creating a negative impact on an already damaged sector.
Since May on Friday, France has recorded its highest increase in cases as countries emerging as preferred alternatives to Spain and France, like Greece, have also experienced a sharp increase in new cases.
In the last 24 hours to Friday, there were 2,288 new cases in France, leading many to assume that it will get added to the government’s quarantine list, wherein anyone entering the UK from the selected countries has to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. At present, Spain, Belgium and Andorra are among the European countries on the list.
In the meantime, confirmed coronavirus cases in Britain have risen by 1,062 on Sunday. Since late June, it was the first time the daily total has risen above 1,000– up from 758 cases on Saturday. Eight people were confirmed to have died with Covid-19.
To quote Emma Batchelor, the Director of Discover Ferries, which represents the passenger ferry industry in the UK, “We strongly advocate that any quarantine restrictions introduced by the UK government should be proportional and kept under close review in order to enable people to continue to travel to safe destinations and suggest adopting a regional rather than a country-based approach to quarantine. We also call on the government to be transparent on its decision-making criteria and time frames so people can make an informed decision on where they can travel for their long-awaited holidays this summer.”