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Michael O’Leary slams government’s quarantine plans

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Ryanair’s chief executive has called plans to impose a 14 day quarantine for travellers arriving in the UK are “idiotic” and “unimplementable.”

Michael O’Leary said the government’s proposals have “no medical or scientific basis,” and instead face masks would “eliminate” the risk of spreading the virus.

O’Leary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “It’s laughable that this government can come up with any plans for a quarantine that will be strict and fully enforced when already they are exempting the Irish, the French…

“It is idiotic and it’s unimplementable. You don’t have enough police in the UK to implement a two-week lockdown.

“And what’s really worrying is that a two-week lockdown has no medical or scientific basis to it in any event.

“If you really want to do something that’s effective – wear masks.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden suggested the government could legally enforce the quarantine plans, and said exemptions would be “very limited.”

He told the Today programme, “We would look at the relevant enforcement mechanisms just as we have done with other measures.

“So, for example, the measures that we took when we introduced the so-called lockdown – those were underpinned by regulations which had consequences in law, and I’m sure we’ll do the same thing.”




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