Coronavirus: New UK travel quarantine rules a stunt, says Ryanair boss


UK – New rules requiring all people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days have come into effect.

Those arriving by plane, ferry or train – including UK nationals – must give an address where they will self-isolate. Rule breakers will be fined.

Home Secretary Piti Patel has said the laws were designed “to prevent a second wave” of coronavirus.

However, the boss of Ryanair has said the rules are a “political stunt” and are not a quarantine.

Michael O’Leary said: “You could be in Sainsbury, you could be on the beach, you could be on the golf course in the unlikely event the Home Office calls you – all they will have is a mobile number.”

O’Leary claimed even the Home Office acknowledged the rules were enforceable. He also warned that some industries have said they will be severely impacted by the rules.

Patel has said the measures are “proportionate” and being implemented “at the right time”, despite criticism from businesses.

Under the new rules, those arriving in the UK should drive their own car to their destination, where possible, and once at their destination they must not use public transport or taxis.

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