Travellers returning to the UK from Spain after midnight tonight should quarantine for 14 days, the federal government has mentioned.
The choice got here following a big spike in coronavirus instances in Spain, with greater than 900 new instances of the virus reported on Friday.
Spanish officers have also warned a second wave could possibly be imminent as main cities have seen instances surge.
The International Workplace is advising towards all however important to mainland Spain.
“Defending public well being is our absolute precedence and now we have taken this choice to restrict any potential unfold to the UK,” a spokesman from the Division of Transport mentioned.
“We have all the time been clear that we might act instantly to take away a rustic [from quarantine exemptions list] the place needed.”
The spokesman mentioned folks at present on vacation in Spain ought to observe the native guidelines, return house as regular, and test the Foreign Office’s travel advice website for additional data.
The federal government is urging employers to be “understanding of these coming back from Spain who now might want to self-isolate”.
However Labour’s shadow house secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds known as the federal government to elucidate intimately the way it will assist these affected, including that the information might be “deeply regarding for households who’re in caught in Spain or are planning journey”.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the choice was made after reviewing the most recent information earlier on Saturday.
“This reinforces the purpose that these issues are topic to alter at brief discover and so my recommendation is to be cautious about non-essential overseas journey,” she mentioned.
What’s occurring in Spain?
Spain has up to now seen greater than 28,000 coronavirus deaths. On Thursday, it noticed the most important largest every day improve in infections since its lockdown ended.
Catalonia has grow to be the most recent area to crack down on nightlife. The rich north-east area, which is house to Barcelona, ordered all nightclubs to shut for 2 weeks and put a midnight curfew on bars within the better Barcelona space.
The BBC’s Man Hedgecoe in Madrid says contagion amongst younger folks is a specific fear, as they’ve been gathering in giant numbers in cities at evening.
France has warned its residents to not journey to Catalonia whereas Norway has mentioned it would begin quarantining folks arriving from Spain.
Quarantine measures for UK travellers had been launched in early June. However after strain from the aviation and journey industries, the federal government and devolved administrations printed lists of nations exempt from the foundations.
The quarantine measures will apply to these coming back from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, corresponding to Palma and Ibiza. Nonetheless, International Workplace recommendation towards non-essential journey, which has ramifications for journey insurance coverage, solely applies to mainland Spain.
The Airport Operators Affiliation mentioned the brand new measures will “additional injury what’s already a fragile restart of the aviation sector which continues to face the most important problem in its historical past”.
Finances airline EasyJet mentioned it was “disenchanted” and would function a full schedule within the coming days.
“Prospects who now not want to journey can switch their flights with no change charge or obtain a voucher for the worth of the reserving,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
The brand new guidelines for Spain come a day after 5 different locations had been added to England’s quarantine-free list.
Anybody coming to England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines is not going to need to isolate for 2 weeks on arrival, the federal government confirmed on Friday.
John Blackmore, from Hampshire, was as a consequence of fly out to his household in Spain together with his spouse and two younger youngsters. However the brand new guidelines imply he has needed to cancel, for fears his spouse’s employer wouldn’t be capable of accommodate her taking an additional two weeks off to quarantine on their return.
He mentioned he thought it was unlikely they’d get a refund for the flight, because it has not been cancelled.
“I am devastated,” he informed the BBC. “I’ve household in Spain who have not seen their solely grandkids since Christmas.”
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