Only one person fined for breaking quarantine after returning from abroad

New figures have shown that only one person in England and Wales has been fined for breaking quarantine.

British holiday makers were recently told in Spain that they would have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK.

Under the new foreign arrival rules, only one fine has been issued by Lincolnshire Police. It was one of only eight coronavirus related fixed penalty notices handed out in England in the two weeks to July 20, with none in Wales.

Face coverings are now compulsory in England and six people have been handed fines who failed to wear them on public transport.

If caught breaking the rules you can be forced to pay between £100 and £1,000. NPCC chairman Martin Hewitt said enforcement of the regulations is primarily a matter for Border Force and public health officials.

He said: ‘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.’


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