AWhen Britain’s vaccination program began in December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it a “way out of the disease” and thus there was no locking up. But as more and more Britons are being vaccinated, they see freedom of movement being curtailed. It tightened the rules this week after the government announced it was forced to stay in isolated hotels for Britons returning from dangerous countries.
Beginning next Monday, the returnee must take at least three tests: one before entering the country and two after. Violations are subject to severe penalties. Individuals who give false information about their travel history upon entering the country face up to ten years in prison. It is not a good idea to book summer vacation rentals whether at home or abroad. Transport Minister Grant Shops said it was “too fast” for that.
“Not related to reality”
So far, this is the threat of high imprisonment for false statements met with opposition. The MEP, which represents the so-called locking suspects in the Conservative group. Steve Baker on Wednesday spoke of “viral repression at all costs” and “begged” the government to “suspend”. “Sometimes we have to drive our general knowledge and return to moderation,” he said.
Former Supreme Court President Jonathan Champaign has accused Health Secretary Matt Hong Kong of losing touch with reality. This link is “finally broken”. In an article for the Daily Telegraph, the constitutional lawyer asked: “Does Mr. Hancock really believe that a visit to Portugal is worse than violent guns or child sex crimes, punishable by up to seven years in prison?”
A fine of 1000 – for the first time
Two former attorney generals, Jeffrey Cox and Dominic Greave, also drew attention to the “inequality” of punishment. Creve is one of the few critical voices coming from Johnson’s liberal opponents. In Labor, in other left-wing opposition parties, and in most opinion columns, the bundle of actions was welcomed on Wednesday, often too late or not even adequately described. Scottish Prime Minister Nicolas Sturgeon has announced that the “isolated hotels” in his charge will be mandatory for everyone, regardless of where they come from.
Defending the new rules on Wednesday was up to Transport Minister Shops, after all, with serious threats of punishment. He told the BBC that imprisonment for up to ten years reflects the “seriousness” of the crime. After all, criminals deliberately misinform, thus endangering public health. “I think the UK public is expecting a lot of tough action,” he said.
Meanwhile, the government has announced additional details about the new isolated project. Accordingly, entrants must book special hotels selected by the government before arriving in the state. The cost of compulsory accommodation for ten days or more, which was initially cited as a maximum of £ 900, is almost double, especially when there are compulsory check-in and airport transport factors. Passengers who do not appear in an isolated hotel despite the duty are subject to a fine of up to 10,000.
Corona tests should be taken on the second and eighth day of arrival. If you miss the first time, you will be asked to pay 1000 1000. If you are allowed to pass the second test, you will have to pay twice as much. In addition, isolation is extended to 14 days. These rules apply to all immigrants, including those from non-hazardous countries – 33 so far, including Portugal – who only have to go into domestic solitude. Citizens of dangerous countries are not allowed to enter anyway.
Proud of vaccines
So far, the government has signed 16 hotels with 4,600 rooms as of Monday. These will be occupied after a few days. The total number of rooms required is estimated at 28,000. Many hotel managements are said to be reluctant. Some want to participate only if all their hotels are fully booked by the government, while others fear for their reputation.