UK to begin 14-day quarantine for incoming air passengers

by MCR Correspondent

The United Kingdom has disclosed plan to begin the subjection of incoming airline passengers to 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival in the country following concerns about the coronavirus.

According to BBC reports, the only passengers who are exempt from the new protocol, expected to take effect at the end of the month, are those coming from Ireland.

Full details of the new measure are not yet known, but sources disclosed that passengers would need to provide the address of a private residence where they plan on isolating when they land.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce the quarantine measures during an address on Sunday, The Times newspaper reported.

Airlines UK, the organization that represent British Airways and other UK-based airlines, said in a statement that the government’s plan needed a credible exit plan and called for it to be reviewed frequently.

“We need to see the details of what they are proposing,” Airlines UK said.

Some of the country’s airliners and airports are both worried about the potential economic impact that the policy could have, the BBC reported.

Karen Dee, head of The Airport Operators Association, which represents most of the airports in the country, told the network that, “The rule should only be applied on a selective basis following the science, in an effort to mitigate the economic impact on key sectors.”

While incoming air travel has continued in the U.K. during the pandemic, government officials have said that the vast majority of travelers have been U.K. citizens traveling home, according to the BBC.

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