Brittany Ferries boss unhappy with France’s addition to quarantine list

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Brittany Ferries boss called “bad news” the government’s decision to extend quarantine restrictions to people returning from France – but said it might not stop “stoic” Britons from going on vacation abroad. Christophe Mathieu, CEO of the company, said: “Imposing a quarantine on those arriving from France is of course bad news for Brittany Ferries and passengers.

But he stressed: “However, after six months of the COVID crisis, it appears that many of our predominantly British customers are determined to spend their summer vacation abroad.”

Indeed, the company, which resumed departures from Plymouth in early July, revealed that just one in five travelers to Spain had in fact changed or canceled travel plans since the quarantine was imposed on that country. The government insists on a 14-day isolation. period for anyone returning to the UK from France after 4am tomorrow (Saturday 15th August), the deadline could cause a rush to ports and airports for most of the estimated 160,000 Britons currently in the sun at the Republic.



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Brittany Ferries has therefore stressed that passengers should not go to its ports today (Friday August 14) without a reservation.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the decision to call for a quarantine was triggered when the infection rate in France – as well as the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, the Turks and Caicos Islands and in Aruba, which are also included – exceeded 20 cases per 100,000 more people. seven days.



Christophe Mathieu, Managing Director of Brittany Ferries, at the Plymouth ferry port terminal

Brittany Ferries said quarantine restrictions on people vacationing with the company in France and Spain, already under quarantine, this summer are “not good news,” but said there had evidence that “traditional British stoicism” is alive and well, and many passengers make the informed personal decision to travel even in the face of the restrictions.

The data suggests that most Britons are still determined to take a break abroad after the extended lockdown period. Since the quarantine was imposed on those returning from Spain, Brittany Ferries have continued to offer services from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao.

During this period, only about a fifth of those who booked to travel canceled or changed their travel plans. The majority continued to sail, the company revealed.

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