Lodge quarantine begins for worldwide arrivals to Scotland
Travellers flying straight into Scotland on worldwide flights must self-isolate for 10 days in a quarantine lodge room, underneath new rules taking impact as we speak.
Passengers should pay £1,750 to quarantine in a room at one in all six designated motels in a bid to keep away from importation of the virus.
Nevertheless, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson mentioned on Sunday a “loophole” permitting abroad travellers to keep away from lodge quarantine nonetheless exists which may “doubtlessly undermine the general public well being method right here in Scotland”.
In England, the UK Authorities will solely require lodge quarantine for guests from a “crimson checklist” of 33 international locations designated as excessive threat, which means travellers arriving from elsewhere may keep away from it by coming into Scotland through England.
Guests would nonetheless must self-isolate for the 10-day interval, however wouldn’t have to take action at one of many designated motels as a result of an absence of settlement between Scottish and Westminster governments.
Mr Matheson advised the BBC’s The Sunday Present: “It’s a loophole that has been created by the UK Authorities and its failure to take motion on the premise of the medical, skilled recommendation that has been offered on this matter.”
He added: “The only and the most secure method to coping with that is to have a complete system in place.
“If the UK Authorities aren’t ready to try this, we may resolve the problem by merely guaranteeing those that are transferring on to Scotland must go to a quarantine facility close to to the airport they arrive at in England.”
Requested about the opportunity of border checks, Mr Matheson mentioned it might be “very difficult” to implement as a result of variety of autos travelling between England and Scotland.
In an interview on BBC Good Morning Scotland on Monday, Mr Hancock was requested whether or not he may help the Scottish Authorities by permitting folks travelling to Scotland to quarantine in England in the event that they arrive at Heathrow or one other English airport.
He mentioned: “I’m glad to have these conversations.”
Requested whether or not this might be with a view to creating it occur, he mentioned: “For those who permit me to have the conversations first.
“However as a result of we now have put in place one system to operationalise this that applies throughout the completely different airports of the UK together with Edinburgh and Glasgow, that does imply that we’re able to make these kinds of amendments, however the central level is, it doesn’t matter the place you land within the UK, (there’s a) very strong, complete system of quarantine, and it’s complete, as a result of it’s a must to quarantine for 10 days and have the 2 exams after you arrive regardless of the place you might be coming from.
“However there’s a completely different diploma of threat coming from someplace the place a brand new variant is the dominant variant regionally, like Brazil, or coming from someplace the place there isn’t a lot coronavirus.”