Covid: Quarantine hotel plan to be discussed by ministers
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,489
The requirement would apply to British nationals arriving in the UK from high-risk countries.
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25/01/2021 13:14:44 441 53
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This is great, just about 6 -9 months too late.
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25/01/2021 13:30:57 217 13
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25/01/2021 13:36:35 45 27
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Vote in a clown, expect a circus
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25/01/2021 13:46:59 13 5
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Good way to support the hotel business also.
Government subsidisedatio for the hotels - quarantine facilities in return.
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25/01/2021 13:56:23 11 3
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6 months? This would have only protected the rest of the world from us...
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25/01/2021 14:02:13 15 0
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They are only just working on it so I think you are being too optimistic
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25/01/2021 14:40:52 9 0
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From the outset students returning to China had to quarantine for 2 weeks then a further 2 weeks at their final onward destination and I believe they have virtually seen off Corona. We just to late. BTW when will footy players stop kissing and cuddling it's a joke.
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25/01/2021 15:01:10 12 2
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They were using hotels for isolation almost from day one on Taiwan

But we're just talking about it?

We really are led by idiots.
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25/01/2021 15:02:14 7 2
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9-12 months and 100,000 deaths too late.
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PCS
25/01/2021 15:26:34 5 2
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TO BE DISCUSSED! WHAT A COMPLETE BUNCH OF RICHARD HEADS!! IF I HAD WHAT NEW ZEALAND ARE LOOKING FOR TO IMMIGRATE I WOULD DO. UK IS NOW A THIRD WORD COUNTRY.
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25/01/2021 13:15:11 7 33
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Astonishing. Dictatorship here we come. And the acquiescent public will take it with a smile.
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25/01/2021 13:21:44 10 5
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A bit more determined leadership (or as you put it dictatorship) would have saved tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of pounds
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25/01/2021 13:22:09 4 5
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Get over yourself. We're in a pandemic.
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25/01/2021 13:15:24 61 9
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We need to remember Australia is a much bigger country and they jumped on a hard lockdown very quickly. None of this trying to exempt groups find loopholes or get unlocked too quickly. .
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25/01/2021 13:18:01 57 5
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True it’s much bigger but the vast majority of the population live in less than 10 cities
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25/01/2021 13:44:36 4 2
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"Bigger country"? Sorry, what does land mass have to do with this? Their population is nearly 3 times smaller than the UK!
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25/01/2021 16:48:01 2 0
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They are also able to close state borders. We are too small and crowded do that with outbreaks in different regions.
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Sam
25/01/2021 13:15:51 162 33
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At the travellers expense, then I'm all for it.
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25/01/2021 13:25:16 22 77
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Sure, for visitors/tourists... but wouldn't this hit some (essential) business travel hard?
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25/01/2021 13:48:55 23 3
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In NZ it’s at the travellers expense - with a few exceptions including compassionate reasons.
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25/01/2021 13:51:59 32 8
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If you can afford to fly then you can afford to pay for a quarantine hotel.

If you have traveled for business then with a laptop and a phone you can work in your hotel room.

If it’s a holiday then travel wasn’t essential and you pay up. If you plead you can’t afford it then clearly you have a poor sense of priorities.
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25/01/2021 15:51:00 1 1
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I have an employee stuck overseas after travelling there for a funeral. Three flights cancelled so far, and when she does finally get on a plane, she might have to stay in a UK hotel at her own expense. And no, she can't work from abroad; the data protection and legal issues are too great. Miserable.
25/01/2021 17:22:53 0 0
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And what if you have no choice but to travel? My daughter has been in Australia for the past two years (she’s currently in an area that has no cases), but her visa expires in two weeks. She won’t be allowed to stay, but also won’t be able to come home as she’ll be unable to afford to pay for quarantine.
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25/01/2021 13:15:59 6 7
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Good to see the govt. keeping on top of these things.
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25/01/2021 13:15:59 60 17
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It’s worked in Australia therefore it should work here providing its properly enforced and not left to people to do the right thing
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25/01/2021 13:21:15 30 5
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Better than nothing - at least that should reduce the chances of new variants arriving. But it worked in Australia because it was implemented near the beginning of the pandemic. Here, with Covid already endemic in the country, I wouldn't anticipate it making a huge difference.
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25/01/2021 14:06:16 4 2
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It worked in Australia because they implemented it in day 1. The UK is far from the COVID-free community that would benefit from it. The current situation is one of the worst in Europe and we really thing this is because of international arrivals?
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25/01/2021 16:47:01 3 0
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It won’t deal with the endemic infections we already have in the U.K. but it may help to control the influx of new variants.
25/01/2021 19:01:16 0 0
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You can't really compare us with Australia. Australia is a completely isolated continent, we have a land border with the Republic of Ireland for example, are they going to try and get everyone driving across the border in to a quarantine hotel?
If not whats to stop people just flying in to Dublin then driving to the UK and bypassing quarantine....
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25/01/2021 13:16:26 28 18
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This should have been done months ago. With Captain Hindsight in charge all we get is slogans, guff and promises which are never kept.
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25/01/2021 13:17:35 17 12
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Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. Incredible!
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25/01/2021 13:17:54 4 13
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I thought we had a vaccine ?
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25/01/2021 16:42:11 0 0
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Vaccines stop the symptoms and not the spread. Also a number of Self righteous wont have the jab because they are stupid and selfish.
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25/01/2021 13:17:54 7 9
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I don't think that this is a bad idea really. It certainly seems a better way of ensuring that people do actually quarantine.

I am however concerned at the rhetoric surrounding the constant new variants and the vaccine not working on them. It would be very unlikely/unlucky for that to happen and it seems like a constant effort to slow the exit strategy which we all desperately need.
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25/01/2021 13:22:49 7 1
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With the Pfizer vaccine, the first dose takes around ten days to be fully active and they only know this protection lasts until the twenty-first day when the second dose should be administered. By extending the gap to eleven weeks, the government is taking a risk. Effectively they are conducting an unmonitored clinical trial on a large part of the population with little prior knowledge.
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25/01/2021 13:43:51 0 1
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More likely to be government knows the horrible truth and is finally being panicked into tougher measures.
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25/01/2021 13:17:58 3 7
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It's good to know ministers are "actively working" on something...
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25/01/2021 13:15:24 61 9
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We need to remember Australia is a much bigger country and they jumped on a hard lockdown very quickly. None of this trying to exempt groups find loopholes or get unlocked too quickly. .
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25/01/2021 13:18:01 57 5
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True it’s much bigger but the vast majority of the population live in less than 10 cities
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25/01/2021 15:18:55 2 0
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And they have stricter lockdown rules than we have had.

With their concentration of population in a small number of cities makes it easier to control travel as well
25/01/2021 17:58:56 1 0
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Yes, 32 times the size of the U.K., with less than half the population, so 64 times the space we have in the U.K. per person
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25/01/2021 13:18:19 6 8
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And how long do they think that this is going to last for? Forever? No more overseas travel for anyone? No more tourism?
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25/01/2021 13:18:36 157 23
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Nearly a year and they are still thinking about it. Johnson's decision-making follows a pattern indicative of a poor leader. Rarely if ever pro-active, he is slowly reactive so that any choices he may have had, disappear until there is only one choice left. This makes for final easy decision-making but often with a costly outcome.
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25/01/2021 13:39:51 59 133
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C19 is serious, but this Lockdown fetish is nothing but extreme hubris and virtue signalling.
It’s a symptom of the new rule that emotion trumps logic, common sense and truth.
And the refusal to see that without Lockdown, Sweden is better off than us, is bizarre.
So we now have a cowed, damaged, population; sensitised to their own mortality and understandably, demanding they are saved at any cost.
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25/01/2021 16:45:53 1 0
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There is a hole in the road. Ministers are looking into it.
25/01/2021 17:42:48 2 0
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Unless Johnson bucks his ideas up, puts his big boy pants on and fill them, he won’t make the summer let alone another 2 years in no 10
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25/01/2021 13:18:39 174 20
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Originally I thought this was a great idea and would be a success in our fight against Covid. Now I know that "ministers are working on it", I'm not so sure.
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25/01/2021 13:37:26 100 14
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They've probably got their best man on it, lets see how grayling does...
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25/01/2021 13:41:15 14 1
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Just like "Operation Moon-shot" to test everybody in almost 80 local authority regions like mine, which I read about in the media at the start of November.

Seems to have just disappeared.
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25/01/2021 16:41:05 3 0
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That means they’ll get round to introducing it in 3 months time.
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25/01/2021 13:19:05 8 7
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If a country like Angola can do this, and have been doing since at least August when I was last there, why can't we?
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25/01/2021 16:45:24 0 0
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Because we have far more travellers than Angola and most of south Africa put together - As a country we rely on international trade - Angola relies on UN Soldiers and international aid I guess.
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Jim
25/01/2021 13:19:31 5 7
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This should have been done right from the start. But still good to do now.

The problem is that the virus is already pandemic in the UK, and how would we have dealt with people coming from Northern Ireland? The have full right to travel within gb, but could easily meet people in Ireland where borders were open.
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BD
25/01/2021 13:19:54 288 20
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Why just "some travellers"?
Shouldn't it be "all travellers" if this year-too-late approach is to be effective?
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25/01/2021 13:21:32 32 65
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As we're not self sufficient, it can't be.
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25/01/2021 14:13:12 11 1
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Really they should be working on a plan for time travellers because this is a year too late
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25/01/2021 14:15:26 20 10
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What they mean is poor people equals enforced hotel quarantine. Rich people can do as they please. Have you not yet understood that rules are for the little people and that Tory donors don't have to follow quarantine, fair tendering, tax rules, etc. I say that as an ex-Conservative voter - this bunch of crooks are not true Conservatives
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25/01/2021 15:17:58 6 16
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This is a ridiculous policy.

Populist short term pandering which will do nothing against these variants (guess what - they are already here) but are a further stab in the back to the travel sector.

The government need to get a grip and stop caving in to sensationalist tweets and instead start looking at the bigger, long term picture. Isolationism never leads to prosperity.
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25/01/2021 15:25:57 10 4
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No reason for freight drivers to come over as trailers can be loaded onto ferries in Europe, travel unaccompanied and then hitched up onto a UK truck when offloaded at this end. Gives British drivers work too, rather than low paid foreign hauliers running on cheap diesel.
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25/01/2021 16:40:03 1 0
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At least 11 months too late.
25/01/2021 19:35:22 0 0
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If only travellers from countries like Brazil and South Africa have to quarantine, they will fly via France or Germany and safe themselves 2 weeks stuck in a hotel room and £2000. We don’t need another loophole.
26/01/2021 01:14:23 0 0
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Yes, it should be ALL travellers. It’s pointless being half arsed about it. And there should be quarantined lorry parks where cargo is switched to UK cabs with UK drivers, that take the delivery to the end destination. It sounds OTT, but it’s needed now. And may be a system we need again if a more deadly pandemic hits in the future. Good to be prepared !
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25/01/2021 13:19:55 27 13
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Bit late now. Almost pointless.
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25/01/2021 13:20:02 8 4
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Phew, just in the nick of time.
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25/01/2021 13:20:28 1 3
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Since al the hotels would otherwise be closed, is this a sign that the Government will actually help the hospitality industry? At last? There must be a catchy in this, surely....
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25/01/2021 13:22:43 1 2
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Who would want to work in covid ridden hotel?
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25/01/2021 13:20:33 58 12
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10 months down the line and still only discussing, so much for taking back control ,
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25/01/2021 13:27:48 32 30
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Taking back control of what?

You are right they should've done this 10 months ago. 100%.

Then everybody could've called them racists for closing the borders instead of whingeing they didn't.
25/01/2021 17:52:54 0 0
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Did you really believe all that "taking back control" nonsense?
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25/01/2021 13:21:08 18 2
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Well it will have to be gone by the time of the G7 in June - if all that lot and there entourages are exempt I for one will be having none of this as it will be another case if one rule for us one rule for them ...
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25/01/2021 15:04:33 5 0
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You can bet that there will also soon be another "Climate Summit" to which the usual suspects will all have to travel, and they too will be exempt.

I thought this was the digital age. They could manage to "work from home" just like they want everyone else to do.
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25/01/2021 13:15:59 60 17
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It’s worked in Australia therefore it should work here providing its properly enforced and not left to people to do the right thing
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25/01/2021 13:21:15 30 5
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Better than nothing - at least that should reduce the chances of new variants arriving. But it worked in Australia because it was implemented near the beginning of the pandemic. Here, with Covid already endemic in the country, I wouldn't anticipate it making a huge difference.
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25/01/2021 13:34:41 9 2
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It worked in Australia mainly because it was rigorously enforced (as my Australian friends have confirmed).
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BD
25/01/2021 13:19:54 288 20
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Why just "some travellers"?
Shouldn't it be "all travellers" if this year-too-late approach is to be effective?
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25/01/2021 13:21:32 32 65
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As we're not self sufficient, it can't be.
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25/01/2021 13:24:03 30 1
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In that case LGV drivers and aircrew, not tourists and so called celebrities “working” overseas
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25/01/2021 14:00:26 27 3
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Are Australia self sufficient? Are New Zealand self sufficient? Are Japan self sufficient? No, and yet they managed it.
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Guv
25/01/2021 15:42:53 3 2
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We can probably survive without bananas.
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25/01/2021 16:39:14 3 1
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Hauliers are exempt so what does being self sufficient have to do with it?
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25/01/2021 17:07:57 0 0
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It can't be what??
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25/01/2021 13:21:32 17 14
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It's rather too late for plague island. We have amongst the highest body count on the planet and by far the worst political "leaders" in the developed world (now that Trump is gone). We are beyond help, a country destroyed by populism and stupidity.
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25/01/2021 13:25:37 8 16
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remoaner bots, lol.
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25/01/2021 15:13:17 0 0
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I just looked outside - the country is still here, is not destroyed, and appears to be functioning.

Time people stopped all this hyperbole.

The country is not destroyed, we cannot destroy the planet, people who are a bit miffed about something are not devastated, people who have seen something they didn't expect are not shocked, etc., etc.

This nonsense helps no-one.
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25/01/2021 13:21:34 8 8
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Whilst I concur with the principle of this quarantine measure, but as a businessman that has to regularly travel overseas, as do our staff, this move concerns me that it will effectively bring our business to a standstill. I sincerely hope that all aspects of such a move are carefully considered. The logic of ensuring no new strains are imported makes sense, the cost to our economy though is big!
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25/01/2021 13:39:57 6 1
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Please enlighten us: just what business necessitates you and your staff travelling all over at the moment? Drugs, diamonds, 'elite' sport...? Most business travel isn't really necessary at the best of times (yes, I have done it plenty of times but none of it was vital).
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25/01/2021 13:21:41 3 13
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We have to keep to keep out country safe. There is barely any virus here and all the other countries are riddled.
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25/01/2021 13:23:51 7 1
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If you believe that, you have a serious problem.
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25/01/2021 13:21:41 1 6
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What will they do about minors travelling alone?
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25/01/2021 13:25:56 7 4
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There is no need for any minor to be travelling alone.
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25/01/2021 13:15:11 7 33
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Astonishing. Dictatorship here we come. And the acquiescent public will take it with a smile.
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25/01/2021 13:21:44 10 5
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A bit more determined leadership (or as you put it dictatorship) would have saved tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of pounds
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25/01/2021 16:39:55 0 0
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China has a far better control of the virus than we do. Maybe we should adopted their approach - There are allot of self entitled special people who could be easily dealt with instead of infecting the rest.
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25/01/2021 13:21:59 176 8
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There will be too many exemptions granted to make this viable. Travelling for business? Exempt. An elite athlete? Exempt. Diplomat or MP? Exempt. Hardly anyone else is travelling anyway so it's another white elephant. Rather than set something new up, try dealing with the situation as it is, and that is to vaccinate the elderly, vulnerable and key workers so society can start to function again.
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25/01/2021 13:24:56 183 33
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You forgot 'celebrity' , relation of The Prime Minister and 'for the purpose of testing your eyesight'.
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25/01/2021 13:27:27 4 1
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Yes So many people that they can claim Heathrow airport is overcrowded But they all tested positive before flying so what’s the problem or were the tests all dodgy?
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25/01/2021 13:33:28 10 4
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And 'journalist'...
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Sam
25/01/2021 13:46:54 6 11
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Business travel should not be exempt, otherwise pointless. Aus quarantined the tennis players, but I think if a sports team that has strict bubbles fair enough that they are exempt, but only from non-high risk countries. Sport continuing is important for the good of nation's mental health.
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25/01/2021 14:27:33 4 0
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You forgot to mention if your Irish your exempt.
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25/01/2021 15:07:05 2 0
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People are travelling, I work at Stansted and we see busy flights everyday
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25/01/2021 16:03:13 3 0
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If you cant afford the costs then don't travel
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25/01/2021 16:41:46 1 0
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People who are travelling for business are not exempt in Australia.
25/01/2021 17:19:36 2 0
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Looking at the scenes from Heathrow last week I would hardly say nobody is travelling. Stop all flights now except for very very essential purposes, such as freight.
25/01/2021 20:27:04 1 0
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The problem is COVID does not discriminate between, high value business travellers, tourists, politicians or anyone else. All or nothing.
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25/01/2021 13:15:11 7 33
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Astonishing. Dictatorship here we come. And the acquiescent public will take it with a smile.
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25/01/2021 13:22:09 4 5
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Get over yourself. We're in a pandemic.
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25/01/2021 13:22:40 138 25
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I would have thought that stopping 200 people parties would be more effective.
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25/01/2021 13:56:52 58 96
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All the parties/raves/weddings stories are just weak attempts to put the blame on the public.
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25/01/2021 13:56:57 32 1
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I can’t work out why they hand out so few fines. Everyone attending should get one not just 2 or 3 people. Everyone in attendance know full well they are doing wrong.
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Sam
25/01/2021 14:02:30 17 1
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Do that too. The police have seemed reluctant to get too involved that much. At least they are trying a bit now, but it should be one of their priorities. For egregious rule breaking I'd like to see identities being made public. It's ridicules that most of us are adhering to rules even though painful, while some are making a mockery of us by participating in super-spreader events.
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25/01/2021 14:33:32 3 3
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Splitting hospitals (and their staff) into covid or non-covid would have been much more effective at reducing deaths.
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25/01/2021 14:33:38 12 1
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Instead of fining the organisers and letting them go, just lock them all in the building for 14 days. No covid, no problem!
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25/01/2021 15:22:45 5 2
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Stop the mass gatherings, spray all attendee's purple so everyone can see they could be at risk having contact with them. Let's employers stop paying them for being fools.
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25/01/2021 15:39:07 3 0
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I'd say why 'or' why not AND. Clobber the party goers with rather bigger fines AND quarantine overseas arrivals.
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25/01/2021 15:51:39 6 0
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Strikes me its not one or the other. We should be forcing proper quarantine measures and stopping parties.
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25/01/2021 16:44:03 3 0
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How about we do both!
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25/01/2021 13:20:28 1 3
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Since al the hotels would otherwise be closed, is this a sign that the Government will actually help the hospitality industry? At last? There must be a catchy in this, surely....
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25/01/2021 13:22:43 1 2
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Who would want to work in covid ridden hotel?
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25/01/2021 13:31:05 3 1
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We could offer the job to those outside Derby Royal hospital protesting and shouting at NHS staff for upholding the Covid Hoax. Surely, not an issue for them as it's all a con. They won't even need PPE!
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25/01/2021 13:43:00 1 1
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Deniers?
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25/01/2021 13:17:54 7 9
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I don't think that this is a bad idea really. It certainly seems a better way of ensuring that people do actually quarantine.

I am however concerned at the rhetoric surrounding the constant new variants and the vaccine not working on them. It would be very unlikely/unlucky for that to happen and it seems like a constant effort to slow the exit strategy which we all desperately need.
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25/01/2021 13:22:49 7 1
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With the Pfizer vaccine, the first dose takes around ten days to be fully active and they only know this protection lasts until the twenty-first day when the second dose should be administered. By extending the gap to eleven weeks, the government is taking a risk. Effectively they are conducting an unmonitored clinical trial on a large part of the population with little prior knowledge.
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25/01/2021 13:23:01 55 17
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Just stop people flying in the pandemic - simple.
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25/01/2021 13:25:14 29 43
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Some of have no option.
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25/01/2021 14:07:44 12 0
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So tell me what my child should do? They were working overseas. The company they were working for went bankrupt. My child has been left without employment and owed £ks in wages and expenses.

So would you have them living on the streets in a foreign country? Or would you allow a citizen of the UK to return home, where they have free board/lodging until finding other employment? Simple???
25/01/2021 17:54:54 1 0
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Did it take you long to come up with that little gem of wisdom?
25/01/2021 18:24:51 0 0
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What type of plane is a pandemic, does easyjet, ryanair & Jet 2 fly such aircraft? Is it still OK to fly on Boeing or even Air Force One if you are a President of USA
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25/01/2021 13:23:20 92 6
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Only a year too late!
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25/01/2021 13:52:58 15 44
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No. They still think that lockdowns can suppress cold viruses.
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25/01/2021 13:21:41 3 13
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We have to keep to keep out country safe. There is barely any virus here and all the other countries are riddled.
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25/01/2021 13:23:51 7 1
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If you believe that, you have a serious problem.
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25/01/2021 13:27:19 2 1
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its mockery of government policy
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25/01/2021 13:22:21 8 11
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Utterly pointless, why the need for quarantine if you have negative test!
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25/01/2021 13:31:35 1 1
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Because you might still be infected
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25/01/2021 13:23:59 16 4
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What is there to discuss?
Just get on and do it!
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25/01/2021 13:24:01 12 5
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It's what NZ and Australia have been doing and compared with the Northern hemisphere nations they have bossed Covid 19 and although travel is restricted their domestic economies are doing fine unlike Europe stuck in lockdowns.
Plus with these new variants a Los Angles one now apparently it's the only option other than completely closing airports like Israel to passengers & only allowing cargo.
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25/01/2021 13:27:31 11 3
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But there is now huge pressure in NZ to open up as tourism is a huge part of their economy and its tanked - you can’t go these things for long
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Bob
25/01/2021 13:37:35 3 2
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They are in recession, unemployment rising (and forecasted by their reserve bank to nearly double) and hours worked also falling. People earning less owing to fewer hours each is not good news.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-03/new-zealand-unemployment-rate-rises-as-recession-curbs-hiring

It isn't all roses.
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25/01/2021 13:24:01 115 15
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Quarantine is a joke. I know several people who have openly flouted it. If the government were ever seious about it, incoming international arrivals should have been held in isolation cells pending confirmation of two negative tests before release and a ban on private flights into the UK. I'm guessing that sort of policy might have upset some people but do we want to tackle this or not?
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25/01/2021 13:31:15 59 14
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Did you report the people who flouted quarantine?
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25/01/2021 13:49:25 21 1
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I remember on TV last year, the reporter interviewed a British man just returned from abroad, who admitted quite openly it would be going down the pub that night, despite coming from a place which meant he was meant to self-quarantine.
He even had his face mask pulled down to his chin.
But despite being on national news, he would have got away with his behaviour.
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25/01/2021 14:18:56 16 9
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Electronic Tags for them so if they leave the house they get caught and fined or jailed.
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25/01/2021 15:00:03 11 0
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I seem to remember at the beginning of the pandemic they were bussing people to hotels for quarantine. Didn't last long, but definitely happened.
984
25/01/2021 17:06:23 5 1
bbc
I can recall the howls of protest from the 'human rights' mob over that one when there was the idea of stopping all the half-term ski holiday mob from returning from Italy/Austria with their 'gift' of CV for the rest of us.
25
25/01/2021 13:21:32 32 65
bbc
As we're not self sufficient, it can't be.
43
25/01/2021 13:24:03 30 1
bbc
In that case LGV drivers and aircrew, not tourists and so called celebrities “working” overseas
44
25/01/2021 13:24:13 2 6
bbc
The article states that quarantine rules are different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Where on the BBC can this information be found? Or do the BBC not even pretend now to recognise that they have paying customers outside of England?
143
25/01/2021 13:40:33 0 1
bbc
Because the Welsh Scottish and Northern Irish governments don't have web sites of their own do they. Oh, wait, they do. Did you try to click on the links in the story?
45
25/01/2021 13:24:45 19 5
bbc
We are told to stay close to home yet people still allowed to fly in and out of the country. Quarantine hotels great idea but as the govt already deciding who shoul be exempt, friends and family perhaps, there is no point . It's everyone or no one.
88
25/01/2021 13:32:08 12 3
bbc
Don't go abroad then. Simples. By the way, why go abroad at the moment unless for an emergency?
At least it will stop all of the sunbathing airhead "influencers" from coming back from the UAE or wherever and spreading Covid.
31
25/01/2021 13:21:59 176 8
bbc
There will be too many exemptions granted to make this viable. Travelling for business? Exempt. An elite athlete? Exempt. Diplomat or MP? Exempt. Hardly anyone else is travelling anyway so it's another white elephant. Rather than set something new up, try dealing with the situation as it is, and that is to vaccinate the elderly, vulnerable and key workers so society can start to function again.
46
25/01/2021 13:24:56 183 33
bbc
You forgot 'celebrity' , relation of The Prime Minister and 'for the purpose of testing your eyesight'.
914
25/01/2021 16:44:04 1 1
bbc
Most of the PM's relatives have already taken French nationality haven't they. After all you know what they say about sinking ships.
36
25/01/2021 13:23:01 55 17
bbc
Just stop people flying in the pandemic - simple.
47
25/01/2021 13:25:14 29 43
bbc
Some of have no option.
124
25/01/2021 13:36:59 17 7
bbc
Who, why, when, where?
162
25/01/2021 13:44:38 16 5
bbc
Like who?
868
25/01/2021 16:25:56 2 3
bbc
on what basis?
931
25/01/2021 16:49:17 4 0
bbc
Very, very few have no option. In Australia even essential workers have to complete the 2 weeks guarded quarantine.
4
Sam
25/01/2021 13:15:51 162 33
bbc
At the travellers expense, then I'm all for it.
48
25/01/2021 13:25:16 22 77
bbc
Sure, for visitors/tourists... but wouldn't this hit some (essential) business travel hard?
70
25/01/2021 13:29:28 18 5
bbc
Essential business travel would, no doubt, be exempted.

This is about making sure those who do travel quarantine properly.

It should not be necessary, but has proven necessary because a small number of selfish travellers cannot isolate properly.
91
25/01/2021 13:32:32 31 9
bbc
If it's 'essential business' (very little really is) then 'business' can pay. In reality it's mostly Johnson's mates coming back from skiing, Caribbean hols, gap years, etc.
153
25/01/2021 13:43:22 30 7
bbc
There is no business so essential that they cannot use Skype/Zoom/Video Conferencing. Cuts down on expenses claims so businesses can save money.
171
25/01/2021 13:46:33 32 2
bbc
Very very little business travel is actually necessary, if you are going to lose that business person for 14 days, you would soon find ways to make it unnecessary.
297
25/01/2021 14:10:38 16 1
bbc
If it is that essential to travel then the business community will accept the cost of quarantine, including their staff time.
591
25/01/2021 15:04:38 3 2
bbc
Good there is no reason for business travel; ever heard of video conferencing etc.
678
25/01/2021 15:29:20 1 2
bbc
Who is travelling business during Covid? These dinosaur companies should be shut down. Video Conference or furlough. No other choices.
704
25/01/2021 15:37:40 2 2
bbc
'Business travel' is code for free jolly...

As parliament and many businesses have demonstrated beyond doubt is that meetings can be held via web link quite successfully.
732
25/01/2021 15:46:17 1 3
bbc
There is no such thing as "essential business travel". Work virtually, that is the answer.
790
25/01/2021 16:01:55 1 0
bbc
If you cant afford the costs than don't travel
834
25/01/2021 16:12:35 1 0
bbc
so essentially you are asking what zoom or microsoft teams are.
911
25/01/2021 16:43:42 1 0
bbc
If their business was really essential then their companies would lay the bill. They pay it to go to Australia.
26
25/01/2021 13:21:32 17 14
bbc
It's rather too late for plague island. We have amongst the highest body count on the planet and by far the worst political "leaders" in the developed world (now that Trump is gone). We are beyond help, a country destroyed by populism and stupidity.
49
25/01/2021 13:25:37 8 16
bbc
remoaner bots, lol.
211
25/01/2021 13:53:26 0 4
bbc
Is that your best shot....all this isolationist talk will be right up the street of the Brexit little Engarlunders......
50
25/01/2021 13:25:41 11 12
bbc
What if you cant afford to pay for hotel .sick of these idiots thinking everyone has thousands in the bank
82
25/01/2021 13:31:04 9 4
bbc
Don't go abroad then.
93
25/01/2021 13:32:51 4 1
bbc
Simple - don't travel. you ain't got the money
94
25/01/2021 13:33:01 1 1
bbc
I suspect that the existing rules require that travelers to the UK be able to demonstrate financial means if challenged at boarder control. I’m not sure, but I suspect that this has always been the case for travelers from outside the EU.
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Bob
25/01/2021 13:33:14 4 1
bbc
Then don't come to the country.

You don't see people moaning about flights needing to be free because poor people can't afford the fare. It merely becomes part of the cost of travelling.
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Rob
25/01/2021 13:33:36 2 1
bbc
Then don't travel, nothing can be that important over stopping the spread and infecting families.
123
25/01/2021 13:36:40 2 1
bbc
Why are they international jetsetters then? Can you name grounds for someone who can't afford a hotel to fly around the world? 'Migrant' won't do it for me at the moment.
220
25/01/2021 13:56:11 2 0
bbc
Don't travel . . Not that hard to work out is it !
237
25/01/2021 13:59:24 0 0
bbc
Don't go on holiday abroad. If it's vital business travel get the company to pay.
29
25/01/2021 13:21:41 1 6
bbc
What will they do about minors travelling alone?
51
25/01/2021 13:25:56 7 4
bbc
There is no need for any minor to be travelling alone.
225
25/01/2021 13:56:30 0 0
bbc
There are many reasons why minors travel alone. You obviously don't know why they travel you assume there is no need for them to do so. Many are currently learning online in another country as schools here closed. Many parents sent their children to be cared for by relatives whilst they continue to work. Many working looking after your relatives, friends and neighbours in hospital with covid 19.
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Rob
25/01/2021 13:26:23 3 3
bbc
It is probably a case of tell your mates to take their winter holiday and skiing trip as soon as they can and we will look at it when they are back. What a joke. Just close the border and stop all passenger travel in and out of the country.
53
25/01/2021 13:26:40 16 2
bbc
Amazing that they're selling this complete shambles as a win?

1 year too late.
54
25/01/2021 13:26:50 11 5
bbc
The time for actively working on this was last February. Just how far behind reality are the bunch of clowns masquerading as a government?
585
25/01/2021 15:06:23 2 1
bbc
How many people thinking we should had shut down last February let their children go with the schools skiing in Italy when they had several cases over near the ski slopes. Why didn't the schools and parents decide to postpone it. Why were people still flying on holidays in march. I suppose the same reason they did in the summer and will do again some people can't just think for themselves
38
25/01/2021 13:23:51 7 1
bbc
If you believe that, you have a serious problem.
55
25/01/2021 13:27:19 2 1
bbc
its mockery of government policy
56
25/01/2021 13:27:23 8 1
bbc
they have just about managed this almost a year in,nobody should be exempt the virus does not care who it infects
57
25/01/2021 13:27:26 4 14
bbc
remoaner bots are out in force, lol.
65
25/01/2021 13:28:49 9 1
bbc
Stating facts... those damn remoaners
86
25/01/2021 13:31:21 4 1
bbc
You're the only one talking about Brexit. Change the record mate.
31
25/01/2021 13:21:59 176 8
bbc
There will be too many exemptions granted to make this viable. Travelling for business? Exempt. An elite athlete? Exempt. Diplomat or MP? Exempt. Hardly anyone else is travelling anyway so it's another white elephant. Rather than set something new up, try dealing with the situation as it is, and that is to vaccinate the elderly, vulnerable and key workers so society can start to function again.
58
25/01/2021 13:27:27 4 1
bbc
Yes So many people that they can claim Heathrow airport is overcrowded But they all tested positive before flying so what’s the problem or were the tests all dodgy?
160
25/01/2021 13:44:35 9 1
bbc
A number of countries have reported people going to them with faked test results, and also as done up to 72 hours before starting the flight, that does give time for the person to get infected.
Seems in one case, a person flying from Heathrow elsewhere had a negative test, when undergoing quarantine at their destination seems to have got infected at the airport when eating there.
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Sam
25/01/2021 13:49:57 20 1
bbc
As we have seen tennis players in Aus some are testing positive even after providing a negative test 72 hours in advance of travelling. That 72 hours window is more than enough time to catch the virus.
41
25/01/2021 13:24:01 12 5
bbc
It's what NZ and Australia have been doing and compared with the Northern hemisphere nations they have bossed Covid 19 and although travel is restricted their domestic economies are doing fine unlike Europe stuck in lockdowns.
Plus with these new variants a Los Angles one now apparently it's the only option other than completely closing airports like Israel to passengers & only allowing cargo.
59
25/01/2021 13:27:31 11 3
bbc
But there is now huge pressure in NZ to open up as tourism is a huge part of their economy and its tanked - you can’t go these things for long
131
25/01/2021 13:37:55 1 2
bbc
They have their numpties and deniers too - they won't!
60
Ian
25/01/2021 13:27:45 91 18
bbc
"The government is "actively working on" requiring some travellers arriving into the UK to quarantine in hotels, Boris Johnson ??"

OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR MONTHS, SUCH AS AUSTRALIA

Why hasn't this incompetent PM and incompetent government done this last year ???
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CJR
25/01/2021 13:52:03 51 7
bbc
Have you not seen Australia has a strict number of people they will allow into their country and that includes there citizens, remember the outcry of the tennis players jumping the Q.
Now relate that to all our irresponsible selfish individuals that went abroad last summer, most of them would see be waiting to get home, if this comes in forget a holiday aboard this year.
623
25/01/2021 15:16:24 4 1
bbc
Most of these island nations are rather further apart from their neighbours than we are. No doubt we would see more unauthorised entry by sea than we currently do.
733
25/01/2021 15:46:28 1 0
bbc
Love the graphics!
25/01/2021 17:44:28 1 1
bbc
I wouldn’t trust this current circus to run a bath, or count paper clips in a stationary department
25/01/2021 19:07:35 1 1
bbc
Australia has it easy, it's an island!
Oh, hang on.......
25/01/2021 22:09:35 0 0
bbc
Because the WHO didn't categorise it as crisis until May.Don't keep on criticising Govt .... the medics were slow
22
25/01/2021 13:20:33 58 12
bbc
10 months down the line and still only discussing, so much for taking back control ,
61
25/01/2021 13:27:48 32 30
bbc
Taking back control of what?

You are right they should've done this 10 months ago. 100%.

Then everybody could've called them racists for closing the borders instead of whingeing they didn't.
564
25/01/2021 15:01:32 3 4
bbc
"Then everybody could've called them racists for closing the borders"

You can be sure that that would have been the case, and the loudest complaints would have come from idiotic journalists, especially in certain broadcasting organisations, who have racism as an obsession bordering on the mental-health problem level, while actively promoting it all the time.
862
25/01/2021 16:24:06 1 1
bbc
Tory virtue signalling looks very strange.
62
25/01/2021 13:27:52 13 1
bbc
As hotels are closed otherwise, it would be a great idea to have them as
A) quarantine locations but only if strictly enforced and it applies to all incomers;
B) overspill accommodation for those Covid patients who are recovering and not in need of acute care; and
C) overspill accommodation to relocate positive tested care home residents to prevent spread.
Better late than never . Learn from NZ.
63
25/01/2021 13:27:52 3 4
bbc
In order for it to make any difference there needs to be a very low R and track and trace has to be working. Currently neither of those conditions are met.
64
25/01/2021 13:28:18 11 5
bbc
This should also be extended to those who flout the lockdown rules and those who refuse to have the vaccine. This should have been done last March, Hindsight is a wonderful excuse. Time to get tough.
79
25/01/2021 13:30:31 3 2
bbc
How's that anything to do with quarantine hotels for arrivals?
80
25/01/2021 13:30:46 3 3
bbc
Sounds like complete fascism.
92
25/01/2021 13:32:47 1 1
bbc
My personal opinion is that the vaccine hasn't been proven to have no long term side effects and will have limited efficacy.. im not asking anyone else to agree, but take each case on its merits, im obeying all the rules / laws and have been since March 2020
57
25/01/2021 13:27:26 4 14
bbc
remoaner bots are out in force, lol.
65
25/01/2021 13:28:49 9 1
bbc
Stating facts... those damn remoaners
66
25/01/2021 13:29:17 117 6
bbc
12 months too late. Government knew & were warned this time last year. It proves no contingency plans were designed for a major pandemic following SARs & ebola outbreaks.
67
25/01/2021 13:29:20 86 2
bbc
Too little, too late.

Countries in the far east and oceania have been doing this for months. MONTHS.
The Agenda 2030 people, the Great Reset people, the Green New Deal people, the Eugenicist (population reduction) people and the Corona Virus alarm people all appear to be singing from the same songsheet.
Now they say they want quarantine hotels for this not very lethal cold virus.
But they really want to destroy modern industrial society.
Removed
101
25/01/2021 13:33:49 1 2
bbc
Well, yes, because its about to screw the world up beyond a point from which it can recover.. duh...
Covidiot Removed
69
25/01/2021 13:29:26 6 9
bbc
You have to pay for the hotel yourself unless you come by sea in an illegal boat then they will pay for it and give you money
114
25/01/2021 13:35:27 2 3
bbc
There is no such thing as an illegal boat and no such thing as an illegal refugee
48
25/01/2021 13:25:16 22 77
bbc
Sure, for visitors/tourists... but wouldn't this hit some (essential) business travel hard?
70
25/01/2021 13:29:28 18 5
bbc
Essential business travel would, no doubt, be exempted.

This is about making sure those who do travel quarantine properly.

It should not be necessary, but has proven necessary because a small number of selfish travellers cannot isolate properly.
835
25/01/2021 16:13:35 2 0
bbc
so business people can not contract viruses? If it is that essential to your business you can do the isolation too.
71
25/01/2021 13:29:28 51 6
bbc
To put it simply anyone coming into the country should be quarantined at or close to the port of entry (air, sea or rail), and they should be guarded to make sure they comply with the quarantine - No exceptions for "celebs", "Politicians" etc.

Road and rail haulage, for sea crossings send trailers only pick up with tractors on arrival. Rail same principal one crew that goes back and forth.
513
25/01/2021 14:50:27 16 1
bbc
Totally agree.
805
25/01/2021 16:04:42 3 2
bbc
If you cant afford the costs then don't travel
997
25/01/2021 17:09:40 3 0
bbc
Same for the rave mobs.

Do not let them mix with the police or go home to spread it further, lock them in for 2 weeks where they are and throw a few stale loaves of bread in from time to time
25/01/2021 19:02:14 0 0
bbc
What about people entering the country by car from Ireland?
25/01/2021 22:12:03 0 0
bbc
Cannot close all the borders, it against good friday agreement to shut border with ireland. Everybody keeps saying look at australia or New zealand but they have no daily ferry crossings from other countries, also Australian states closed off borders to each other, it like closing all internal borders in UK ie England / Scotland etc
72
25/01/2021 13:29:32 10 7
bbc
About 11 months too late??!!

If we're going to squash this properly, we should prepare for a PROPER lockdown, with at least 1 month's notice for all to prepare what'll be necessary (food/systems/army etc.) and really have nobody go outside for a full two weeks, all while travel stops.

Do it while the weather is still cold, it just won't work in summer.

Always too little too late.
150
25/01/2021 13:42:50 2 2
bbc
Utter nonsense. Outside isn't the problem in 99% of cases, it's inside. Presumably you'd shut the hospitals too and just let anyone who takes seriously ill die at home?
73
25/01/2021 13:29:46 63 8
bbc
They're working on it. Now tell me again, how long has this virus been around? But hey, in true Johnson style he's working on it.
25/01/2021 17:40:00 5 1
bbc
They say they are working on it. That probably means they are considering thinking about it, before concluding that they needn't do anything.
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MVP
25/01/2021 13:29:52 274 34
bbc
A year into this pandemic and it has only just occurred to the government that people entering the UK should be quarantined

No wonder the UK has the highest number of fatalities from COVID than any country in Europe
112
25/01/2021 13:35:24 129 30
bbc
No, it has occurred that their gamble to keep airlines and economy in £ has failed

This was always risk versus reward

They prized the £ reward over the consequence in lives
168
25/01/2021 13:45:52 12 23
bbc
Its also because so many brits are overweight and have underlying health issues because of poor diet
218
25/01/2021 13:55:35 9 0
bbc
We do have the highest number in total, but are 3rd both in Europe and indeed the world per capita behind Belgium and Slovenia. Still awful however to be even 3rd.
The first non-European country in fatalities per capita is USA which is 8th.
575
25/01/2021 15:00:31 5 7
bbc
We happen to use a different method of reporting deaths as anyone that's tested positive within 28 days regardless as to whether Covid was the actual cause of death!! It is very serious but it is not smallpox or bubonic plague!!
641
25/01/2021 15:20:05 6 9
bbc
This is a ridiculous policy.

Populist short term pandering which will do nothing against these variants (guess what - they are already here) but are a further stab in the back to the travel sector.

The government need to get a grip and stop caving in to sensationalist tweets and instead start looking at the bigger, long term picture. Isolationism never leads to prosperity.
Gaz
25/01/2021 17:10:57 2 0
bbc
The counting of deaths is massively variable and the french only count deaths in hospital from covid, so add another 25 to 30 percent on top for france
25/01/2021 17:40:52 1 1
bbc
They shouldn’t be quarantined
Simply just stopped from coming here,, apart from freight and humanitarian reasons
10 months to late to be putting the closed sign up in the shop window
25/01/2021 19:45:46 1 0
bbc
There are many reasons for that and most not the responsibility of the government. We have become an overweight unfit spoilt nation who cannot bear to have our ‘freedoms’ curtailed even for a short time and that has prolonged the pandemic.
25/01/2021 20:25:24 0 0
bbc
We have had quarantine, it has just not been worth the paper it was written on because it was voluntary. The people most likely to quarantine will always be those least at risk because they are obeying the instructions.
75
25/01/2021 13:25:47 6 2
bbc
Why don’t they enforce the current rules properly. The UK border is like Swiss cheese with truckers coming and going. There is no way this is practical, if it works how do you open up again? Will we ban travel for months, a year, 2 years!? At least if they implement it please no exemptions for sports people and VIPs. They can quarantine in an airport hotel with no windows like the rest of us.
76
25/01/2021 13:26:04 68 10
bbc
If people were not travelling between countries then this would stop the spread, I'm wouldn't contemplate going abroad at this time or in the near future!
448
25/01/2021 14:34:44 18 16
bbc
It would stop the spread *between* countries - certainly a good thing in regard to control of new variants - but Covid is already endemic in most countries on the planet, so I doubt it will make a major impact on transmission *within* countries.
25/01/2021 17:37:30 2 0
bbc
Do you think viruses only originate in other countries?
25/01/2021 17:56:17 1 1
bbc
If people weren’t travelling between countries we would starve in the U.K. Lots of our food and goods comes in from abroad, and it does need people to travel across borders for it to get here.
77
25/01/2021 13:27:04 12 5
bbc
Why don't they try this novel approach, ban FLYING!!!! and leaving country for ANY reason, this is a worldwide pandemic.
104
25/01/2021 13:34:05 2 2
bbc
Can't really do that - for instance a lot of industrial equipment is maintained by engineers flow in as and when required. We can't have whole factories coming to a stop because they can't come!
78
25/01/2021 13:30:19 0 5
bbc
At least we'd know where starmer is...
64
25/01/2021 13:28:18 11 5
bbc
This should also be extended to those who flout the lockdown rules and those who refuse to have the vaccine. This should have been done last March, Hindsight is a wonderful excuse. Time to get tough.
79
25/01/2021 13:30:31 3 2
bbc
How's that anything to do with quarantine hotels for arrivals?
110
25/01/2021 13:34:52 1 5
bbc
You and the left wing brigade are the cause of so many deaths. Hope you are pleased
64
25/01/2021 13:28:18 11 5
bbc
This should also be extended to those who flout the lockdown rules and those who refuse to have the vaccine. This should have been done last March, Hindsight is a wonderful excuse. Time to get tough.
80
25/01/2021 13:30:46 3 3
bbc
Sounds like complete fascism.
25/01/2021 17:35:31 0 0
bbc
it seems you do not understand what the word fascism means.
1
25/01/2021 13:14:44 441 53
bbc
This is great, just about 6 -9 months too late.
81
25/01/2021 13:30:57 217 13
bbc
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205
25/01/2021 13:52:23 11 33
bbc
Hindsight, great isnt it....
255
25/01/2021 14:00:38 7 1
bbc
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692
25/01/2021 15:34:37 3 0
bbc
Actually try about 4 years given the Cygnus report
50
25/01/2021 13:25:41 11 12
bbc
What if you cant afford to pay for hotel .sick of these idiots thinking everyone has thousands in the bank
82
25/01/2021 13:31:04 9 4
bbc
Don't go abroad then.
120
25/01/2021 13:36:13 1 4
bbc
Sorry but my sons abroad with his mum and i visit as we cant afford a house in uk or rent as iam on zero hours contract on minimum wage and i stay in my car
34
25/01/2021 13:22:43 1 2
bbc
Who would want to work in covid ridden hotel?
83
25/01/2021 13:31:05 3 1
bbc
We could offer the job to those outside Derby Royal hospital protesting and shouting at NHS staff for upholding the Covid Hoax. Surely, not an issue for them as it's all a con. They won't even need PPE!
138
25/01/2021 13:39:03 1 1
bbc
Clearly too much time on their hands with their furlough money being paid for by the taxes from the staff they are insulting.
42
25/01/2021 13:24:01 115 15
bbc
Quarantine is a joke. I know several people who have openly flouted it. If the government were ever seious about it, incoming international arrivals should have been held in isolation cells pending confirmation of two negative tests before release and a ban on private flights into the UK. I'm guessing that sort of policy might have upset some people but do we want to tackle this or not?
84
25/01/2021 13:31:15 59 14
bbc
Did you report the people who flouted quarantine?
85
25/01/2021 13:31:18 7 2
bbc
Well there is surprise, after all it was only a few days ago that they said they it was not under consideration, still we should be used to u turns by now. STill look at it this way it could help the hospitality industry.
57
25/01/2021 13:27:26 4 14
bbc
remoaner bots are out in force, lol.
86
25/01/2021 13:31:21 4 1
bbc
You're the only one talking about Brexit. Change the record mate.
39
25/01/2021 13:22:21 8 11
bbc
Utterly pointless, why the need for quarantine if you have negative test!
87
25/01/2021 13:31:35 1 1
bbc
Because you might still be infected
108
25/01/2021 13:34:37 0 1
bbc
Just enforce quarantine properly without making people spend half a month in a tiny hotel room. Makes the checks like other countries do.
45
25/01/2021 13:24:45 19 5
bbc
We are told to stay close to home yet people still allowed to fly in and out of the country. Quarantine hotels great idea but as the govt already deciding who shoul be exempt, friends and family perhaps, there is no point . It's everyone or no one.
88
25/01/2021 13:32:08 12 3
bbc
Don't go abroad then. Simples. By the way, why go abroad at the moment unless for an emergency?
At least it will stop all of the sunbathing airhead "influencers" from coming back from the UAE or wherever and spreading Covid.
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25/01/2021 13:46:33 3 1
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You have misinterpreted my comment. I haven't been abroad or anywhere since this began and have no intention of flying anywhere until vaccinated which is getting further and further away.
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25/01/2021 13:32:11 2 2
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Ministers, working?

Actively?

On what they should have done on day one?
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Ian
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The incompetent PM ?? should have introduced hotel quarantining months ago!
But he's an idiot.

And another thing that's ridiculous is all these different, changing rules for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This is just

???? INSANE ????

Who can keep up with it?
4 sets of rules rapidly changing.

This devolution rubbish is destroying the UK
Removed
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25/01/2021 13:25:16 22 77
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Sure, for visitors/tourists... but wouldn't this hit some (essential) business travel hard?
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25/01/2021 13:32:32 31 9
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If it's 'essential business' (very little really is) then 'business' can pay. In reality it's mostly Johnson's mates coming back from skiing, Caribbean hols, gap years, etc.
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25/01/2021 14:22:44 5 0
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Is it? I honestly so not know the breakdown of people are who are travelling now, or why they are travelling - and I don't think you do either. Top-end tourism may account for some percentage, but how large? I'd guess that people with friends/family connections in other countries may well account for more.
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25/01/2021 13:28:18 11 5
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This should also be extended to those who flout the lockdown rules and those who refuse to have the vaccine. This should have been done last March, Hindsight is a wonderful excuse. Time to get tough.
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25/01/2021 13:32:47 1 1
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My personal opinion is that the vaccine hasn't been proven to have no long term side effects and will have limited efficacy.. im not asking anyone else to agree, but take each case on its merits, im obeying all the rules / laws and have been since March 2020
25/01/2021 17:38:19 0 0
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soso you think 95% is limited. Also for something to have an effect, there will undoubtedly be side effects. If it does not have side effects it will not have an effect.
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25/01/2021 13:25:41 11 12
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What if you cant afford to pay for hotel .sick of these idiots thinking everyone has thousands in the bank
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25/01/2021 13:32:51 4 1
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Simple - don't travel. you ain't got the money
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25/01/2021 14:19:29 0 0
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I guess if they increased the prices for food you would advise us to not eat?
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25/01/2021 13:25:41 11 12
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What if you cant afford to pay for hotel .sick of these idiots thinking everyone has thousands in the bank
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25/01/2021 13:33:01 1 1
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I suspect that the existing rules require that travelers to the UK be able to demonstrate financial means if challenged at boarder control. I’m not sure, but I suspect that this has always been the case for travelers from outside the EU.
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25/01/2021 13:25:41 11 12
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What if you cant afford to pay for hotel .sick of these idiots thinking everyone has thousands in the bank
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Bob
25/01/2021 13:33:14 4 1
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Then don't come to the country.

You don't see people moaning about flights needing to be free because poor people can't afford the fare. It merely becomes part of the cost of travelling.
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25/01/2021 13:21:59 176 8
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There will be too many exemptions granted to make this viable. Travelling for business? Exempt. An elite athlete? Exempt. Diplomat or MP? Exempt. Hardly anyone else is travelling anyway so it's another white elephant. Rather than set something new up, try dealing with the situation as it is, and that is to vaccinate the elderly, vulnerable and key workers so society can start to function again.
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25/01/2021 13:33:28 10 4
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And 'journalist'...
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25/01/2021 14:16:31 5 5
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Yes, because people absolutely do not need to know what's going on in other parts of the world.
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25/01/2021 13:33:31 1 2
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Everything's Premier, but the price.

Except on this occasion I expect!
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25/01/2021 13:25:41 11 12
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What if you cant afford to pay for hotel .sick of these idiots thinking everyone has thousands in the bank
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Rob
25/01/2021 13:33:36 2 1
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Then don't travel, nothing can be that important over stopping the spread and infecting families.
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25/01/2021 13:33:44 1 2
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It’s a daft idea as there will be a 1001 ways to circumvent it - everyone arriving should have a negative test and there is a place for hotels if inbound from high risk countries - what about the 5000 plus lorry drivers which arrive daily - totally pointless and unworkable ??
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25/01/2021 13:33:48 6 1
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First, I completely understand why and this should have been implemented a long time ago. Second, it is a hard one if you have a relative who is terminally ill. It might mean than some people don't see a parent or even child again. Not everyone undertakes international travel because of recreational or work purposes.
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25/01/2021 14:22:23 0 0
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. Second, it is a hard one if you have a relative who is terminally ill.

My wife was in hospital (not with Covid) and I couldn't see her the first week(no visiting) at all and the next two weeks got only an hour a day (in PPE). Though she had terminal cancer by the time they bundled her out at an hours notice her mental state was such I think she just gave up.