Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has raised concerns about the UK Government’s border quarantine strategy which has been widely criticised.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, recently announced a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days for everyone entering a UK Border which came into force on Monday (8 June). Certain exceptions to this restrictions have been announced, including for lorry drivers and people entering the UK from the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking following a Commons statement from the Home Secretary, Chris raised his dismay at the lack of official advanced guidance being made available to travellers in advance of the changes coming into force. Chris has been particularly concerned about what the restrictions mean for people travelling from airports to their home who do not have access to a car. The UK Government has since clarified that entrants to the country should avoid using public transport to travel to their onward destination if possible.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Yet again the UK Government announced a policy weeks ago and failed to issue the guidance in good time to keep the public properly informed. Minister must urgently get to grips with this crisis before their shambolic communications strategy further erodes public confidence.
“The public knows that restrictions like the 14-day quarantine are being put in place to help save lives but they need to know how such policies will work and what impact it will have. In terms of this part of the UK Government’s response to this terrible virus, they’ve had neither.”