‘How can that mean something?’ Gatwick arrivals that missed the 4 hour deadline | World news


Wearly and scruffy, France’s first group of 40s began arriving at Gatwick airport at 10:20 am today, missing the UK deadline to return by a few hours. A mixture of fury, resignation and confusion descended on the north terminal as five flights from the south of France arrived in less than an hour.”How does this make sense?” asked Reda, who had spent two weeks in Bordeaux with his wife Elodie and their five-year-old daughter, Sara. “Either you give people time to come back, or you say the quarantine is in effect immediately. A 12 or 24 hour delay just means 100,000 people came home a day earlier than us, they’re more at risk because of that, and we’re in quarantine and they’re in open spaces.

Starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday, anyone entering Britain from France must complete a public health passenger locator form, detailing their trip, contact details and loved ones before going into quarantine for two weeks . Reda and Elodie admitted that their work – in finance and retail – was a concern, but that they were willing to take the risk of traveling to see family in France.

Ghazi, 44, a doctor, and his pregnant fiancee Lorraine, 36, a management consultant, were however devastated. “We are getting married in three weeks and my French family cannot come anymore,” said Lorraine, disheartened by the way their situation had unfolded. The couple had spent a week in Bordeaux with friends and watched the news closely, but found it incredibly expensive and inconvenient to rush.

“Marriage hits us hard, but it’s the inconsistency and lack of clarity from the government on what is going on that is frustrating,” Ghazi said. “A lot of people don’t understand the rules and who will apply them. ”

The two shook their heads when asked if they trusted their fellow vacationers behaving like good citizens. “People are more respectful of social distancing here,” said Lorraine, “but no, I don’t have the faith. We’ll stick to the rules, but I know a lot of people won’t or won’t be able to.

For Angela Langridge, a nanny from Brighton, the week’s vacation in La Rochelle with her 11-year-old son was worth it even if it meant the two-week quarantine would come out of her vacation pay for the following year. “I should start work on Monday but we had already missed our holiday in Spain so we thought we were going to try France,” she said. Worrying about “mental health” over the next fortnight was a problem.


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