Boris Johnson speaking on Sunday evening.

10-05-2020Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Johnson confirmed on Sunday evening that it will "soon be time for quarantine on people coming into this country by air". This measure, which had been expected, was part of a roadmap that the prime minister set out for the UK moving to level three of a five-level alert system, the UK having been at level four since lockdown.

Stressing that it was not the time to "simply to end the lockdown this week", he said that "we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures". The prime minister emphasised that people should work from home where they can, while also saying that people should be encouraged to go back to work, if they cannot work from home.

He also wished to "encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise", adding that it will be possible "to sit in the sun in your local park". For those tempted to abuse social distancing, he noted that fines will be increased.

If the data prove positive, primary schooling will restart at the beginning of June, while he suggested that some parts of the hospitality industry could restart in July.


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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

I know people always are skeptical as it comes to China (or Asia for that matter), but I wish our Western, so called civilised governments would have acted like the chinese, taiwanese, vietnamese and korean governements have done. The world has no idea how brutally China locked down Wuhan and no clue how effectively data gets managed in China and surrounding countries. We laugh about them, but they are laughing now.


Zoe / Hace about 1 year

First of all why now? two months after daily flight into Heathrow broght in thousands of passengers per day from China, USA, Middle East, who were not even asked to self isolate! the reasoning was they were Brits brought in back home as though Brits were immune to the infection or passing it on. BJ guidance yesterday was nothing but confusion in colossal scale. stay in , do not stay in. Go to work, do not go work, and so for and so on.. Really Mr Johnson???


Dave / Hace about 1 year

Stuart, France is a special case as most people arrive by Eurotunnel and ferry. There would not be a similar deal with Spain. This effectively means anyone taking a two week holiday to Spain (when its open) would be required to take 4 weeks off work. The 2 week quarantine requirement will last at least until Sept. So people can pontificate all they like about will there/won't there be tourists from the UK, but this effectively kills tourism to Spain for all those other than retirees (who should stay at home anyway) or unemployed people (who have no money).


Roger / Hace about 1 year

Constant whinging about the situation and whether you personally agree with it or not does nothing to make the situation better...if those who like to complain most were prepared to stand up and be counted then they should be politicians, but as always there are more 'armchair politicians' than any other kind!!!...and whatever your political ideology who would want to be one at this moment in time?....from the comments on this article and many others in recent weeks you know who you are so 'if the cap fits wear it"!!


Phil / Hace about 1 year

Well if there was any doubt at all that British tourists wouldn't be coming to Mallorca this summer then this is the final nail in the coffin!


John Parkinson / Hace about 1 year

Apart from travel to and from France!Boris has reached an agreement with France P M that Restrictions do not apply to U.K. and France. Would feel safer in China at the rate the U.K. parliament are “managing” this pandemic. Will see if the new Labour leader is any good this week by asking the right questions, Stay safe


Yogi / Hace about 1 year

And I thought the Spanish government was confused?


Stuart / Hace about 1 year

The quarantine has been adjusted so that it does not apply to travel between UK and France and vice versa so there is the potential that other countries may also make a similar agreement