If you were a rather angst-y British would-be holiday-goer who was planning a trip down south to Spain and the Canary Islands, your fancy dreams have just been crushed.The UK government, as a reversal of its initial proposal, has declared that people returning from Spain after their travels will have to self-isolate for 14 days, just like any other incoming travelers.
The announcement is a crusher for those prospective desperados wanting to get out of the scene.Now, the so-called “travel corridor” idea has been scrapped.
The direct reason behind the closure of the previous policy results from the surprising surge of 900 new infections on both Thursday and Friday in Spain.
Joe Allen, 32, a TV producer from London who is now in Spain, told the media that the move from the bureaucrats seemed “heavy-handed.” Agreeing that the motif behind the move was based on “sensible” reasons, Allen said its “execution could have done with some work.
” Emily Harrison, another tourist, expressed deep concern on the government’s announcement.She told the media that the rash decision was “really quite upsetting,” as she will miss out on a wedding that she was supposed to go to.
However, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was very defiant and said firmly that the government has”took the decision as swiftly as we could, and we can’t apologize for doing so.” This is rather a deep contradiction to the Spanish government declaring that Spain is still a “safe country.” “[The] Outbreaks are localized, isolated and controlled,” a spokeswoman for the Spanish Foreign Ministry said.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director for a travel agency, has mentioned that he and his company was “incredibly disappointed” by the sudden overturn.
His company urged the government to be more rational and poised for their next move, as “this level of uncertainty and confusion is damaging for business and disappointing for those looking forward to a well-deserved break.”
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, also doing a bit of holiday making himself in Spain right now, has been attacked by the opposition: “I think that tells you everything about the government’s approach to this,” the Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said.
He has gone on to say that the whole thing was “frankly shambolic.” The UK has the third highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, easily surpassing that of Spain’s.
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