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Zero fines issued for breaches of English or Scottish travel quarantine rules

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The National Police Chiefs’ Council revealed today that, in the first two weeks of the travel quarantine period (8th June to 22nd June), ZERO people were fined in England for breaching quarantine after returning to the UK.

This is, of course, not hugely surprising.  The quarantine rules were being enforced by someone ringing you on your mobile telephone to ask if you were at home or, if not, if you were on your way to or from the shops.  Only if you answered ‘no’ to this question would you be at risk of being fined.

You can see the official news release here.

Whether or not this adds to the criticism that the policy was pointless and unworkable in the first place remains to be seen.  The quarantine rules have been lifted today for anyone returning from specific countries – the quarantine list for English residents is here and the quarantine list for Scottish residents is here.

The situation in England is not as bad as the situation in Scotland, of course.

It was revealed earlier this week that Public Health Scotland was not authorised to access the Home Office IT system which holds information on arrivals in to the UK.  This meant that, not only had no fines been issued, but not a single person had even been contacted to see if they were sticking to the quarantine rules or not ……

Comments (54)

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  • Peter North says:

    When describing Johnson add lazy, complacent and narcissist to that list, as a better informed person than me recently said, you can dump wives mistresses, minsters, colleagues and friends but you can’t lose the leader of the opposition. He sees it as an affront that he is forced to attend the House of Commons and answer questions and account for his and his governments actions.

  • Greenpen says:

    Tories are all the same, they don’t care about the working class and quite happy that they die off early. Johnson is just fulfilling his political destiny he was voted in to do.

  • Nick_C says:

    HfP is an excellent travel and loyalty blog. The commentary is usually friendly and helpful.

    But if you are going to start encouraging party political mud slinging, the blog will go downhill fast and you will lose readers.

    • David says:

      I totally agree with Nick_C. I come to this site to read about travel. Keep your politics out of it, particularly those with so many bigoted and ill-informed views. Otherwise the readership will nose dive.

    • Zander says:

      Totally agree. Let’s keep politics outta here!

    • AJA says:

      +1 I am with Nick_C on this, please let’s keep political views out of this. I know it’s difficult when the subject is about a government policy that most people disagree with.

      • Nick_C says:

        If you are intelligent and well educated, it’s really not difficult to criticise government policy without insulting 44pc of the electorate, accusing politicians of criminality, or bringing their personal morality into the argument.

        I enjoy political debate. But immature taunts from people who seem to be incapable of forming their own opinions and have to be told what to think by a party or a newspaper does not qualify as political debate IMO.

        I also think that healthy debate requires an open mind and respect for your opponent’s right to hold views which differ from your own.

        But none of those is appropriate here in my view. The word “community” is over used these days, but HFP does normally feel like a community, and one which I normally enjoy being a part of. I hope it can continue in that way.

    • CV3V says:


      I’ve already unsubscribed from email list and Twitter notifications (there’s only so many times I need told about Amazon Music trials, worse when I already have Prime).

      • Rob says:

        We ran 6 million ads on HFP in April. Amazon paid us twice as much for plugging a few free trials than we got from 6 million ads.

        • CV3V says:

          Fair enough, I am pointing out that to get twitter notifications on an almost daily basis about a free music trial from a travel website isn’t appropriate. So HfP notifications turned off on twitter, but Piers Morgan remains, go figure. Does it mean I will miss out on some breaking travel news, more than likely.

          You also need to look at the examples on other websites who, will depending on the potential political nature of an article, make the editorial decision to turn off comments. At the moment there is an increasing convergence between HFP and Loyaltylobby in terms of relevance of articles and the ensuing comments.

          • marcw says:

            Whenever you leave, remember to turn-off the lights and close the door behind you. Thank you! 🙂

        • Lady London says:

          TBH Im not music. I get plugs from Amazon at least 6 times per day and ignoring them. But as soon as I become interested I will choose to click on a link here on HfP and not directly on Amazon.

  • BrightonReader says:

    They can issue a fine to the guy from AA who flew into LHR to cut a ribbon to mark the first AA flight departing from T5.

    Hardly essential business.

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