Only one person has been fined for breaching travel quarantine rules in England, according to police figures.
The newly released data from police forces in England and Wales – from between March 27th and July 20th – shows that the first fine was only issued in July.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) released the figures on Monday, showing Lincolnshire Police issued the singular fine to someone who broke quarantine regulations after returning to England from a trip abroad.
The fine was one of eight fixed penalty notices given out in England in the two week period it was recorded in, with the other fines being issued for people not wearing face coverings on public transport and breaches of public gathering rules.
The figures were released as the government announced people returning from Spain would have to quarantine for two weeks when they arrive back in the UK.
This is due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, with some British holidaymakers already in Spain when the rule change was announced.
Chairman of the NPCC, Martin Hewitt, said the number of people who are following the rules has been good throughout the pandemic.
Talking about how people will respond to the quarantine change in Spain, he added: “You would hope that people would come back and be responsible.
“I would hope they would be, but we will be in a position to carry out the role that we have in this, which is a secondary role to both the border force and Public Health England, as we are required to do so.
“But I guess time will tell how that plays through. And of course, you know it’s not inconceivable that this could happen with other countries as we move forward, and I think the Government has made clear about that as well, so we will monitor that and work through the process.”
Anyone who breaks quarantine rules can face a fine of up to £1000, with people not wearing face coverings on public transport potentially facing a charge of £100.
Government issues warning to travellers heading to Greece for a holiday
The government has revealed new advice for Brits heading over to Greece as restrictions tighten in the country.
In one of the country’s holiday islands, Poros, there has been a new coronavirus outbreak meaning new strict measures and restrictions have been put in place.
Around 30 cases of the virus have been reported on the small island.
Travel between the UK and Poros is currently still allowed, but travellers are warned of a new range of measures which will change your holiday.
All restaurants and food shops will be closed between 11pm and 7am on the Island. Holiday makers are also warned that groups who can eat together are limited to a maximum number of four, or six if they are all related.
The number of people meeting in either public or private spaces has also been limited now to a max of nine people.
The new restrictions also see religious ceremonies, parties and open markets all suspended.
All holiday makers must wear face masks indoors and outdoors, excluding private areas such as your hotel room.
The country is still on the ‘safe list’, meaning you won’t have to quarantine when you arrive to the island or return back to the UK currently.
The Foreign Office has warned that large fines are in place for rule breakers, including additional compliance patrols on the islands.
A Passenger Locator Form must be filled in by holidaymakers travelling to Greece at least 24 hours before travel.
The FCO advises: “Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, €500 (£450) fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.”
You may also be required to take a Covid-19 test when you arrive as part of a health screening process. This may mean you have to self-isolate during the time you are awaiting test results, however this is usually within 24 hours.
NHS staff can get a free holiday in the UK as a thank you this summer
This is amazing!
Supercity aparthotel is offering NHS staff the chance to apply for a free stay at one of their hotels.
The two-night stay is to be enjoyed with family or friends on any date from August until October.
Staycity is found in all of the UK’s best cities, from Manchester to Brighton and London. Each one is equipped with its own private kitchen, living room and the usual bedroom and bathroom.
Alexis Burton, CEO of Supercity said: “ Thanking the NHS after everything they have done for us was a no-brainer for our business.
“Our UK health carers have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, so when the time comes for them to take a well-deserved mini-break, we want to be there to help ensure that they feel safe in doing so.”
The free two-night stay is available to the first 120 NHS workers to apply. After that NHS workers will receive 50% off their stay.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred location and dates.
Find out more about the 50% off offer here. Don’t forget your full NHS identification!
Travelodge is having a huge sale with family rooms from £8.74pp at loads of seaside destinations
Perfect for a staycation!
Holiday in the UK’s top seaside spots for as little as £8.74pp in Travelodge’s latest sale.
The prices of over 250,000 rooms in coastal hotels at the budget hotel chain have been slashed with prices starting at £34.99 a night.
The best news is that includes a family room which sleeps four, meaning it costs just £8.74 per person a night, the Mirror reports.
36 hotels are included in the sale, including the likes of Blackpool, Brighton, Colwyn Bay, Llanduno and Newquay. It’s worth noting that the deals are subject to availability at each hotel, and the best deals are likely to be snapped up quickly.
The sale is live now on Travelodge’s website and the deals are valid on stays until March 4th next year!
The chain has implemented a range of measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including additional checks on rooms once they have been cleaned, increased cleaning in public areas, hand sanitiser stations, and social distancing measures such as protective reception screens, contactless payments/check-outs and PPE for staff.
Housekeeping team members will no longer be entering customer’s rooms during their stay to further minimise contact too.
Full list of hotels in the Travelodge sale:
- Barrow in Furness
- Blackpool South Promenade
- Blackpool South Shore
- Bournemouth Seafront
- Brighton Seafront
- Colwyn Bay
- Helensburgh Seafront
- Lytham St Annes
- Newport Isle of Wight
- Pembroke Dock
- Portsmouth Hilsea
- Ramsgate Seafront
- Rhyl Seafront
- Ryde Isle of Wight
- Scarborough St Nicholas
- Southend on Sea
- St Austell
- Wallasey New Brighton
- Worthing Seafront