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UK News Minister cuts short Spain holiday after being caught out by quarantine announcement

01:40  28 july  2020
01:40  28 july  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Ministers faced questions after Spain was added to the list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours' warning. A government source said: "The evidence is The quarantine affects Britons coming back from mainland Spain , the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La

Spain , long a favourite of British sunseekers, said it was safe for tourists and was trying to convince But The Sun newspaper reported that British ministers were considering removing quarantine TUI UK, part of the TUI holiday company, said it would cancel all holidays to mainland Spain up to Aug.

The transport secretary will cut short his holiday in Spain and return to the UK after being caught out by the reintroduction of coronavirus quarantine measures for the country.

Grant Shapps wearing a suit and tie: Grant Shapps will not be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate, Downing Street has confirmed © Getty Grant Shapps will not be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate, Downing Street has confirmed

Grant Shapps flew there on Saturday morning to start his summer holiday, just hours before the government announced it was scrapping its travel corridor for Spain.

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Ministers announced at weekend quarantine rules are being reimposed on people coming back from Spain . Ministers announced at the weekend that everyone returning from Spain to the UK will now have to self-isolate at It was not just the public who were caught out by the sudden announcement .

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Since midnight on Saturday, Britons returning to the UK from mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands once again have to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival.

In a statement sent to Sky News, Mr Shapps said: "I think it's right to get back to work in the UK as soon as possible in order to help handle the situation.

"The sooner I get back from Spain myself, the sooner I can get through quarantine.

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SPAIN was added to the UK's quarantine list over the weekend after coronavirus infections began to spike in the popular holiday destination, but an aviation expert has offered a solution to avoid the 14-day quarantine Spain holiday update: Expert advises how public can avoid 14-day quarantine .

Ministers announced on Saturday that holidaymakers who had not returned from Spain and its islands by midnight would be forced to quarantine for 14 days after Covid-19 second wave fears saw the European country struck off the UK’s safe list. But questions have been asked about why the

"So I'm leaving my family to travel back to the UK on Wednesday."

Mr Shapps will not be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate, Downing Street has confirmed.

"The same rules apply to ministers as they do anyone else," Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman said.

Mr Shapps said he had been in "constant contact" with his officials and industry representatives whilst in Spain, adding he had "reviewed the data and worked with colleagues to make the difficult decision to introduce quarantine".

The transport secretary added in his statement that it was a "necessary emergency imposition".

Downing Street has defended the move, saying it was "announced straight away" after a decision was taken based on new data on cases numbers received on Friday.

The decision was announced after Spain recorded more than 900 new coronavirus cases for two days running.

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Ministers announced on Saturday that holidaymakers who had not returned from Spain and its islands by midnight would be forced to quarantine for 14 days after Covid-19 second wave fears saw the European country struck off the UK’s safe list. But questions have been asked about why the

Grant Shapps is currently on holiday with his family in the country which was removed from the Mr Shapps is believed to have flown out on Saturday morning when the so-called air bridge with The Cabinet minister plans to complete his holiday before returning to work, and will follow quarantine

The PM's spokesman said decisions on border measures and travel advice "can be changed rapidly if necessary to help stop the spread of the disease".

He added: "Unfortunately no travel is risk-free during this pandemic and disruption is possible and so anyone travelling abroad should be aware that our travel advice and exemption list is under constant review as we monitor the international situation."

But the decision has angered tourists, airlines and travel firms.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also updated its travel advice for Spain.

It is now advising against all non-essential travel to the whole of Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

"We have considered the overall situation for British nationals travelling to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands, including the impact of the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK, and concluded that we should advise British nationals against all non-essential travel to the whole of Spain," a spokesman said.

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  Plea for targeted quarantines as travel firms feel second wave pain Holiday firm TUI has called on the government to take a regional, rather than a national, approach to the imposition of coronavirus quarantine measures after it cancelled flights to mainland Spain. © Getty TUI has cancelled flights to mainland Spain until 9 August The company's UK managing director, Andrew Flintham, told Sky News a more "nuanced" attitude should be taken after ministers gave just hours' notice of a decision to force a 14-day isolation period on people arriving in the UK from all of Spain, citing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

It was announced on Saturday holidaymakers who had not returned from Spain and its islands by midnight would be forced to quarantine for 14 days. The decision was taken to suspend the so-called travel corridor with the UK's most popular holiday destination amid coronavirus second wave fears

Ministers announced at the weekend that everyone returning from Spain to the UK will now have to self-isolate at home for two weeks because of a The town hall chief insisted Alicante-Elche airport should be given a 'green light' ranking so British tourists can continue to holiday in the area without

Madrid had been calling for the UK to exempt travellers to the Balearic and Canary Islands from the quarantine.

Tourism minister Reyes Maroto has insisted it is safe for holidaymakers to visit the popular destinations.

Spain's tourism association - known as CEHAT - has offered to pay for tourists to take COVID-19 tests and called the quarantine decision "illogical" and "unfair".

Downing Street has said the government expects employers to be "flexible" in allowing staff to work from home while self-isolating.

Number 10 said holidaymakers who miss out on work may be eligible for Universal Credit or employment support allowance - but not statutory sick pay.

The PM's spokesman said workers who lose their jobs as a result of having to go into quarantine could appeal to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

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TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady is calling on the government to increase sick pay from its current level of £95 a week to "at least" the level of the real living wage - £320 a week.

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  Govt defends quarantine list after Spain’s PM calls it 'error' The UK government has defended its decision to impose quarantine measures on travellers returning from Spain after the country's prime minister called the move an "error" that was "not justified".UK local government minister Simon Clarke spoke to Sky News after the government revised its travel advice for Spain to warn against all non-essential travel to the Balearic and Canary islands.

She has also demanded that ministers change the law to stop firms sacking workers who have to self-isolate.


Video: We are safe, Spain insists as British quarantine decision dismays travellers (Reuters)

What staycations are left for Brits whose holidays have been ruined? .
Families are booking up dates for UK holidays in 2021 despite the cost of some stays going up by 50 per cent as operators try to recoup some of their lockdown losses. Those hoping for a last-minute stay in a holiday hotspot this weekend will find campsites for £150 a night or £200 a night for three-star hotels as demand soars.One four-star hotel on the beach in Newquay, Cornwall, comes in at nearly £350 a night, while a one-bedroom cottage in the Cotswolds will set you back £280 a night.

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