The British government have imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine to all Brits returning back to the UK from Spain, effective immediately.
On Saturday evening the Department for Transport (DfT) made the announcement, which will include Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who is currently in Spain on holiday to enter quarantine upon his return.
All holidaymakers and travellers who are returning back from Spain, the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands now have to self-isolate from Sunday for two weeks.
A British government spokesperson said, “Following a significant change over the last week in both the level and pace of change in confirmed cases, Spain has been removed from the list of countries where people do not have to self-isolate when arriving into to the UK.
“People currently on holiday in Spain are encouraged to follow the local rules, return home as normal and check the FCO’s [The Foreign & Commonwealth Office] travel advice pages on gov.uk for further information.”
The spokesperson added: “Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK.
“We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary.”
Employers are being urged by the DfT to be “understanding of those returning from Spain who now will need to self-isolate.”
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