Last night in the House of Commons, Labour called for the 10-day Government-mandated quarantine to be immediately extended to all arrivals, due to fears over potential new virus variants. Conservative MPs abstained from the vote.
Currently, only arrivals who have travelled from a list of 33 ‘red list’ countries, including swathes of South America, South Africa and Portugal, will be subject to the new rules.
Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said: “Covid is not going away. We need this strategy, and we need it now.”
He added: “I recognise, of course, the huge challenges to the aviation sector and its supply chains, the impact on the tourism and hospitality industry, and the number of jobs that it supports.”
However, he gave few specifics on timelines, practicalities or how the industry could be helped, other than extended Government support.
This morning, the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan pushed back on the motion, telling the BBC that it was “unfeasible” to house all arrivals in hotel quarantine, adding “we have to be realistic about what we adopt and what we do.”