Shetlanders returning from France and the Netherlands will have to be quarantined

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Sumburgh Airport Photo: Ronnie Robertson

People returning to Shetland from France and Holland will need to be quarantined for 14 days after the introduction of new travel restrictions.

The Scottish and UK governments announced yesterday that the countries had been removed from the list of destinations exempt from quarantine requirements.

It follows an increase in the number of new cases of Covid-19 – and aims to reduce the risk of transmission.

The measures will take effect tomorrow at 4 a.m. (Saturday).

Aruba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Malta and Monaco will also be removed from the exemption list.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We have always been clear that we are closely monitoring the situation in all countries and that we may need to take action to remove a country from the list of places exempt from the requirements of quarantine if the virus should reappear.

“These are not decisions we take lightly, but based on the evidence it is important that we take action to suppress the transmission of the virus and protect public health.”



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