New leaked instructions which were issued to Border Force staff have reportedly told officials that travellers entering England from green and amber list countries they no longer have to routinely do Covid checks.
Border Force staff will no longer have to verify if people have tested negative, and according to The Guardian the rules came into effect on Monday.
Amid grave concerns an anonymous Border Force sources leaked the instructions over the move as daily cases are soon to reach an all time high.
Lucy Moreton, a professional officer for the Immigration Services Union (ISU) who represent UK border immigration and customs staff, confirmed the leak.
Moreton told the BBC, “Ultimately this is a political decision.
“Certainly, it will reduce queue times significantly and hopefully also the level of verbal abuse to which Border Force staff are subject.
“That is welcome to us.
“The impact on the UK’s Covid security is ultimately a scientific determination.”
A government spokesperson told The Guardian, “Our utmost priority is protecting the health of the public and our enhanced borders regime is helping reduce the risk of new variants being transmitted.
“All passenger locator forms are still being checked by carriers, as they are legally required to do, and to suggest otherwise is wrong.
“This legal requirement on carriers is underpinned by a robust compliance regime, which is overseen by regulators,”
“Compliance with these rules is essential in order to protect the population from new variants of Covid-19, and so there will be tough fines for those who do not follow the rules.”