U.K. Steps Up Quarantine Enforcement With 4,200 Police Referrals
U.K. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said about 4,200 people have been referred to the police over potential coronavirus quarantine breaches, as he responded to criticism that enforcement has been too lax.
The transport secretary was asked on TalkRadio on Friday about the ease with which people can ignore requirements to self-isolate for 14 days following their return from abroad, including by falsely claiming they had visited a countrydeemed safe by the U.K. government.
“If people think they’re doing that risk-free, they’re not,” Shapps said. “It’s not just the fine for not quarantining, you can actually get a criminal record,” he said adding there’s also the “social risk” of passing coronavirus on.
Shapps spoke a day after the U.K. removed Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic from its quarantine exemption list, meaning returning travelers will need toself-isolate. The U.K.’s top two holiday destinations — Spain and France — have also been designated as quarantine countries in recent weeks.
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