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People Arriving In England From 'Low Risk' Countries Will Not Have To Quarantine

People Arriving In England From 'Low Risk' Countries Will Not Have To Quarantine

The UK government is to remove quarantine measures for people arriving in England from 'low risk' countries.

The Department for Transport has confirmed that people arriving from places including France, Spain Italy, and Germany will not have to isolate themselves after 10 July.

At the moment, the current rule is for most travellers to go into quarantine for two weeks after arriving in England. This came into force last month as a means of preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The changes mean that visitors will not have to isolate as previously required unless they have been to or come through one of the countries not exempt from the changes in the previous 14 days.

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According to the BBC, a full list of the 60 countries that will be included is set to be released later today (3 July).

Visitors from 'low risk' countries will no longer have to self isolate. Credit: PA
Visitors from 'low risk' countries will no longer have to self isolate. Credit: PA

However, the Department of Transport has also said that devolved countries "will set out their own approach to exemptions" and that passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland "should ensure they follow the laws and guidance which applies there".

This comes as lockdown measures in England are set to ease further this weekend, with pubs and restaurants allowed to reopen their doors after months of uncertainty.

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But with coronavirus still posing a huge risk to public health, businesses have had to introduce a series of safety measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

And that's no different for one of the country's biggest pub chains, Wetherspoon, which has reportedly spent £11 million on bringing its drinking holes up to scratch.

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So, if you're planning on going down with some mates this Saturday (4 July), things will not be quite as they were before.

Pubs are having to make big changes ahead of reopening. Credit: Wetherspoon
Pubs are having to make big changes ahead of reopening. Credit: Wetherspoon
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Here are the new rules punters will have to follow when visiting a Spoons.

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With pubs now only allowed to let a certain number of people inside to adhere with social distancing guidelines, and with strict time slots and booking system in place, customers may have to queue outside before entering.

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This leads on from the last point. With social distancing still in place, you won't be able to head out with every one of your mates, so you'll have to choose wisely when it comes to who you're going to celebrate the big day with.

No pressure, it's only been three months.

A full list of the changes can be found here.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Coronavirus

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]