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UK News Dominic Raab to stay home this summer as two ministers face 14-day quarantine

16:08  26 july  2020
16:08  26 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed he would be staying home this summer as he looked to avoid becoming the latest minister to fall foul of the Paul Scully, minister for London, will also have to quarantine after declaring on social media that he was on holiday in Playa Dorada, Lanzarote.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and London minister Paul Scully are both currently holidaying in Spain, which has been struck off the UK’s safe list.

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Dominic Raab says he is staying in the UK this summer (Stefan Rousseau/PA) © Stefan Rousseau Dominic Raab says he is staying in the UK this summer (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed he would be staying home this summer as he looked to avoid becoming the latest minister to fall foul of the Government’s newly-imposed travel restrictions on Spain.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is currently taking a break in Spain and will have to self-isolate for 14 days on his return after the UK’s most popular holiday destination was struck off the safe list of travel destinations on Saturday.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and London minister Paul Scully are both currently holidaying in Spain, which has been struck off the UK’s safe list.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed he would be staying home this summer as he looked to avoid becoming the latest minister to fall foul of Just no shopping or running I guess # quarantine .” Mr Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday there was an “element of uncertainty this summer

Paul Scully, minister for London, will also have to quarantine after declaring on social media that he was on holiday in Playa Dorada, Lanzarote.

He posted an image of a drink on Instagram with the caption: “Best turn to gin. I’ll still be able to work. Just no shopping or running I guess #quarantine.”

Mr Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday there was an “element of uncertainty this summer if people go abroad” and that he had instead chosen to stay put.

“I’m not going to tell people what they should and shouldn’t do, they should follow the advice, I’m going to be staying at home this summer,” he said.

“We’ve got lots on, so that’s a personal decision really.”

The First Secretary of State said Mr Shapps had been understanding about the need to reimpose tight controls on those arriving into the UK from Spain.

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  Spain quarantine: Foreign secretary says government acted 'as swiftly as we could' The foreign secretary has defended the reintroduction of coronavirus quarantine measures for Britons returning from Spain, telling Sky News: "We took the decision as swiftly as we could."Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Dominic Raab said the government received data on Friday which showed a "big jump" in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Dominic Raab warned that more summer holidays abroad could be ruined today as he said he could not guarantee more countries would not be slapped with quarantine rules. He spoke out after holidaymakers already in Spain were told they would now have to spend 14 days in isolation on their

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tells Sky's Sophy Ridge: Government 'can't make apologies' for Spain move. "All we can say is we've got this Joint Biosecurity Centre, we monitor the risk in real time, we take decisive swift action and so there is an element of uncertainty this summer if people go abroad."

According to The Sunday Times, Mr Shapps, whose department formally announced the rule change, had to dial in from Spain to discuss altering the guidance with Cabinet colleagues on Saturday.

“I think it shows you the risk to everyone,” said Mr Raab, when asked about his reaction to Mr Shapps’ being “trapped by his own quarantine”.

Grant Shapps wearing a suit and tie: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will have to quarantine (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) © Provided by PA Media Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will have to quarantine (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

“I spoke to Grant Shapps yesterday afternoon and it shows you we’ve brought swift measures that we can put in in real time.

“Like anyone, I think he empathised with many other people going through that but he recognised of course, and we as the decision makers recognise, that we have to take these measures to protect the country.

“As we come through the easing of the lockdown, if you look at the strategy, if you look at what we said all along, we need to be able to take targeted measures when there is a flare-up in the virus.

“Being able to do it in a localised way stops us having to do it in a nationwide way.”

When do I have to wear a mask? Rules changing in England tomorrow .
Face coverings will be compulsory in shops in England from Friday to stop the spread of coronavirus. But they are still not mandatory in cafes, pubs and restaurants, which has led to confusion over where the new rule applies in relation to buying food.

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