The British government’s announcement of adding France and other countries on to the mandatory two-week quarantine rules has “ruined” holidays for thousands of “British holidaymakers.”
The British government have been slammed over the latest quarantine announcement by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The WTTC hit out and said that the UK clearly lags behind other countries, which have shunned quarantines in favour of comprehensive programmes of testing.”
Gloria Guevara, president of the WTTC said, “WTTC is deeply disappointed that thousands of British holidaymakers have had their holidays ruined, now the UK government has added more countries to its quarantine list, including popular summer holidays destinations France and Malta.
“While we agree public health should remain the top priority, this move will crush what little confidence there is left in the fragile travel and tourism sector.
“The UK clearly lags behind other countries, which have shunned quarantines in favour of comprehensive programmes of testing for everyone departing and arriving back into their respective countries.
“International co-ordination and programme of testing for anyone who wants to go on holiday to help stop COVID-19 in its tracks are crucial in order to rescue three million jobs in the UK alone.”
The Mayor of Calais has accused the government of “panicking” and she described the latest quarantine measure over France as “an additional measure in terms of aggression.”
Speaking to radio station network France Bleu, Natacha Bouchart said, “We have the impression that the British government is panicking. I would have preferred that tests be imposed on departures and arrivals.”
The French government have now warned that they will retaliate over the being added to the red list, which will “prompt a retaliatory measure.”
France’s junior minister for European affairs, Clement Beaune warned they will “prompt a retaliatory measure, in the hope of getting back to normal as soon as possible.”