Coronavirus: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps caught up with rule change in Spain

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Grant Shapps traveled to Spain with his family on Saturday morning – hours before the rule change took effect


Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was involved in his own ministry’s rule change while on vacation in Spain.

The cabinet minister visited the country with his family on Saturday morning for a summer break.

But hours later, the Department of Transport confirmed that all travelers returning to the UK from Spain should be quarantined for 14 days, due to an increase in cases in the country.

A DfT spokesperson said Mr Shapps would continue his vacation as planned.

He will then isolate himself on his return, in accordance with the new rules.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said he spoke with Shapps after arriving in Spain on Saturday, and his colleague “agreed that we need to take action.”

Mr Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the transportation secretary “sympathizes with the many other people” who are going through the same thing, adding: “I think this shows you the risk to everyone … and shows you that we have to hurry. measures. ”

More than 900 cases of the coronavirus were reported in Spain on Friday, and officials in the country warn of fears of a second spike.

Another Tory MP, London Minister Paul Scully, was also reportedly affected by the changes.

Mr Scully – who is also the government’s Minister for Small Business – posted pictures on Instagram on Saturday from a holiday in Lanzarote, saying he was due to return to the UK in August.

It is not known where Mr Shapps is staying, but quarantine measures apply to anyone returning from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, such as Mallorca and Ibiza.

The government has advised travelers to follow local rules, return home normally, and check the Foreign Ministry’s travel advice website for more information.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs now advises against any trip, except essential, to mainland Spain.

Labor shadow secretary of health Jonathan Ashworth said “you cannot be reconciled” as Mr Shapps was on vacation in the country while in charge of the department announcing the rule change.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge program on Sunday that the government’s re-imposition of quarantine rules was “shambolic,” adding, “I think that tells you all about the government’s approach to this. “

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