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Chamber responds to 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals from Spain

Following the announcement of a 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals from Spain, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said:

“Air bridges with popular holiday destinations for British people are an effective way of safely reopening our borders, so the sudden introduction of quarantine measures for UK arrivals from Spain is a hammer blow for the struggling travel and tourism industries.

“This decision comes just as there appeared to be a chance for these industries to salvage something from this summer, and will put a dent in the confidence of consumers who may now hesitate to book a holiday when the law could change at any moment.

“For businesses that are planning to reopen offices from 1 August and gradually return to normal, this also adds further complication into the mix. They will now have to manage the effects of this unexpected change as staff who have already booked holidays – and may well be on them – will have to go into self-isolate for two weeks when they return.

“Support measures should be extended to help organisations and their employees manage the additional uncertainty generated by this and other Government decisions.

“It also further highlights the need for continued improvement in the test and trace programme, alongside co-ordinates checks at departure and arrival airports, to alleviate the need for more of these restrictions.”