The UK government has declared the change, which is likely to lead to a mass exodus among the roughly half a million British holidaymakers currently in France, after an increase in coronavirus cases there.
“Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba from our list of coronavirus travel corridors to keep infection rates at a BAS,” wrote Transport Minister Grant Shapps on Twitter.
“If you arrive in the UK after 04:00 Saturday from these destinations you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. ”
The little French Minister for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, declared that it was “a British decision which we regret and which will lead to a measure of reciprocity”.
France “hoped for a return to normal as soon as possible,” Beaune said on Twitter. France recorded 2,669 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, its highest daily count since May.
Britain had initially imposed a general quarantine on all visitors arriving in the country, but then dug “travel lanes”, which exempted travelers arriving from certain countries from having to isolate themselves.
But he reintroduced the quarantine for travelers arriving from Spain at the end of July, taking airlines – as well as thousands of Britons on vacation by surprise.
Britain reinstated the quarantine for travelers from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas last week.
With more than 41,000 deaths caused by the COVID-19 disease, Britain is the most affected country in Europe and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire for his handling of the crisis.
His government also announced Thursday that casinos and bowling alleys would be allowed to reopen in England after being closed during the lockdown, but that those who do not wear masks face more severe fines.
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Ice rinks will also be allowed to reopen, and pilot projects of larger crowds at sporting events will be introduced after a two-week delay from initial plans due to a spike in cases.
“A number of remaining aspects of the culture, sport, leisure and business sectors in England will be allowed to reopen from this weekend,” the statement from Johnson’s Downing Street office said.
“Two weeks ago, the Bureau for National Statistics expressed concerns about a slight increase in the number of people testing positive in England. The situation now seems to have stabilized, ”he added.
Indoor theaters, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with a socially distant audience.
Piloting of crowded sporting events will begin with the World Snooker Championship final at Sheffield’s Crucible Theater on August 15-16.
“We’re in a position to announce other changes that will allow more people to return to work and the public to come back to more things they missed,” Johnson said.
“However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to brake if necessary,” he warns.
Despite the easing of lockdown measures, the government has also announced that the fine for those who “repeatedly flout face protection rules” will be doubled to a maximum of £ 3,200 ($ 4,200).
New fines will also be introduced for “people who host raves or other illegal gatherings of more than 30 people”.
“Most of the people in this country are following the rules and doing their part to control the virus, but we have to stay focused and we can’t be complacent,” Johnson said.
The relaxation of lockdown rules will not apply to local hotspots that have seen more stringent measures enforced to prevent community spread.
Although the Bureau of National Statistics said “the situation has stabilized,” more than 1,000 people a day still test positive for the virus.