British Airways, EasyJet, and Ryanair have taken combined legal action against a “flawed” quarantine introduced by the government earlier this week. Starting Monday, travelers arriving by plane, ferry, or train – including UK nationals – must give an address where they will self-isolate for two weeks. Those failing to self-isolate will be fined £1,000.
The laws were designed to prevent a second wave of Coronavirus
Home secretary, Priti Patel, said the laws were designed “to prevent a second wave” of coronavirus. However, the movie has been disapproved by the travel sector. The three airlines stated: “The UK government’s flawed quarantine which will have a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs. We have asked for their judicial review to be heard as soon as possible.”
Anyone arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man does not have to complete a form or enter quarantine. Workers like road haulage and medical professionals who are providing essential care are also an exception.
The three carriers have asked the government to become more selective with the application of quarantine
“We have not yet seen any evidence on how and when proposed ‘air bridges’ between the UK and other countries will be implemented. Instead, they want the government to re-adopt its previous quarantine policy introduced on March 10th, where quarantine is limited to passengers from ‘high risk’ countries.”
“This would be the most practical and effective solution and enables civil servants to focus on other, more significant, issues arising from the pandemic while bringing the UK in line with much of Europe which is opening its borders mid-June,” BA, Ryanair and EasyJet added. They also argue the quarantine, by criminal law, is more rigorous than the guidelines applied to people who have Covid-19.