Thursday, 3 December 2020

England's Quarantine rules set to be waived for high ranking business bosses

In a clear case of one rule for the elite and another for everyone else,  the UK government is set to waive the quarantine rules for top business travellers coming to in from a country not on the safe travel corridor list, while everyone else will still have to abide by the 14-day quarantine requirements.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary took a leaf out of President Donald Trumps rule book and announced the new plans on Twitter, before advising others, including officials at Border Force. 

Top executives at foreign multinational firms and leaders of companies looking ti invest in the UK will be able to skip quarantine regulations. According to the Department for Transport, these business trips must result in a deal which creates or preserves 50 jobs or leads to a £100,000 investment or order. These 'high value' travellers will need to demonstrate in an exemption letter that they are delivering these business benefits to the UK and apparently this letter is supposed to be checked by police or Border Force officers.

Interestingly, top performing arts workers, some sports professionals, TV production staff and journalists will also have an exemption whilst everyone else will still be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days or face a £1000 fine, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders.

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