BRIT travellers may face £1,000 on-the-spot fines and home visits from cops to enforce strict quarantine rules.
MPs are to be asked to back hardline measures aimed at ensuring those heading here from overseas – including Brits – stick to the 14-day coronavirus clampdowns.
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The Government is today expected to reveal plans which will require all arrivals give an address where they will go into self-isolation for a fortnight.
Police, border and health officials are in charge of enforcing the rules and those in lockdown can expect a knock on the door to check they haven’t strayed outside, say reports.
The Telegraph reports there are expected to be around 100 checks a day and those found to have breached quarantine face fines of at least £1,000.
And it is believed magistrates will even have the power to issue unlimited fines for persistent breaches or refusal to pay.
However, journeys within the Common Travel Area will be exempt from the measures.
The Common Travel Area comprises of the UK, as well as Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.
The regulations will not come into force before next month and it has been reported they could face opposition in Parliament.
Under the plans, travellers arriving at all ports and airports will be ordered to go into self-isolation for a fortnight.
Foreign nationals who refuse to agree to self-isolate will be banned from even entering the country.
The Government has said that its new guidelines have been put in place to “manage the risk of transmissions being reintroduced from abroad.”
They said: “The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.”
Those who can’t demonstrate where they will be self-isolating will be put up in accommodation arranged by the Government.
Ferry and cruise passengers and Eurostar passengers will also be included in this.
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However, it’s been reported a “very limited” group of up to 30 professions would also be free of the quarantine restrictions.
That is said to include thousands of lorry drivers bringing food, medicine and vital supplies into Britain.
Diplomats, defence personnel, specialist engineers, some police and customs officers and North Sea oil rig workers would also be exempt, it’s reported.
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