English tourists in Scotland ‘may be quarantined’ if cases spike south of the border – Latest News


The Sunday Times reports that Scottish Government sources are considering singling out visitors from England in the coming months.

Holidaymakers hoping to cross the border could find themselves told to quarantine for two weeks or face a fine of almost £500 if coronavirus cases flare up in England.

Travellers to the UK from overseas are currently asked to quarantine for 14-days after landing – or face a £480 fine – but the Scottish government is considering inflicting the same rule on England-based visitors

Visitors crossing the Scottish border from England could be asked to quarantined or fined

The Scottish hospitality sector is exiting lockdown at a slower pace than England

Tourists entering the UK are currently subject to quarantine or fines

The Scottish government is threatening to quarantine – and even fine – residents of England who travel North of the border on holiday.

However, the source claims the Scottish Government is considering imposing the rule on visitors based in England – but could be restricted only to those visiting from parts of England which see Covid-19 cases flare up.

At present, visitors from outside the UK are requested to enter a two week quarantine upon arrival, or face a £480 fine.

The Scottish government said: “To allow us to move out of lockdown, it is critical that we keep the transmission of the virus as low as possible, and that includes transmission from high to low-risk areas.

Scotland has recorded no new coronavirus related deaths for three days, and ministers are hopeful the virus could be in retreat north of the border.

“We are having to take unprecedented steps to deal with the challenges that the pandemic brings.

“Scotland has in place enhanced surveillance to identify those risks and has long-established powers, enhanced by recent coronavirus legislation, to manage them.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have provoked anger from some Scottish residents over their refusal to relax lockdown at a similar rate to other parts of the UK.

On Sunday, Home Secretary Priti Patel admitted Leicester could be forced back into a localised lockdown as cases in the city have spiked following relaxation of lockdown rules.

“As we hopefully suppress the virus further, we will continue to consider any measures that might be necessary to protect against the risk of imported cases of the virus.”

While travel restrictions are expected to be relaxed in England from July 6 to allow travel to holiday destinations – but the Scottish government signalled on Saturday that Scottish airports will continue to remain closed for longer.

Pubs, hotels, campsites and restraints will be able to reopen in England from July 4 – but will stay closed in Scotland.

One critic on Twitter accused: “The SNP doing their best here to put Scottish airports out of business and ensure English airports benefit at their expense.”

While the Scottish government has also been slammed by critics and opponents for failing to take action to protect the local economy.

The delays in Scotland have sparked fears the tourism industry and airport industry north of the border could be at risk.

Visitors crossing the Scottish border from England could be asked to quarantined or fined (Image: AFP/Getty Images)


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