Passengers who are under quarantine are advised to avoid going out for any reason.

By Alison Fox
June 08, 2020
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The UK has imposed a two-week quarantine for anyone arriving in the country, according to the British government.

Arriving visitors and returning citizens to the UK will also have to fill out a public health passenger locator form 48 hours before arriving with contact details and the address where they will be quarantining. Refusing to provide contact details could result in a fine of up to £100, or about $127.

Additionally. if travelers fail to self-isolate in England, they could face up to a £1,000 fine, or about $1,270.

Those traveling within the UK or from Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man do not need to self-isolate, according to the government.

The 14-day quarantine comes as the UK has recorded more than 288,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University, the fourth-highest case total in the world behind only the U.S., Brazil, and Russia. More than 40,000 people have died from the virus in the UK.

Passengers who are under quarantine are advised to avoid going out for any reason, including shopping for groceries when possible, opting instead to utilize delivery services.

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In general, the British government has advised against non-essential travel, and will review measures in late June, the BBC reported.

The new quarantine protocol comes as several European nations like Italy and Austria have started to reopen their borders and was met with criticism from airline executives.

“The thousands of hotels, the thousands of visitor attractions, restaurants in the next couple of months — July and August are the two key months for British tourism,” Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary told The Associated Press, calling it a “political stunt.”

“We’re facing thousands of jobs losses because of a stupid, ineffective quarantine,” he added.

Willie Walsh, the boss of IAG, which owns British Airways, told the wire service airlines were not consulted about the decision.

But Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC the quarantine measures would protect public health as imported cases of the virus ''pose a more significant threat.”