UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak didn't provide much detail on how the government might alter its tough quarantine rules other than to mention certain travel corridors might be a consideration. It's clear the government is under intense pressure.
Britain’s government is looking at options for its two-week quarantine for people entering the country and might be able to make changes to the rules, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Sunday.
“We all want to see travel open again, of course we do, and like everything else we want to make sure we have the right measures at the right time informed by the science and everything else that we have to consider,” Sunak told BBC television.
“We are looking at all options to ensure that that is possible and people have got suggestions about how we might be able to open up some travel corridors over time and so the transport secretary is actively looking at all of those options.”
The government has come under heavy pressure from the travel industry and other sectors over the quarantine policy which it introduced last week. Airlines said it will hammer jobs and tourism.
(Writing by William Schomberg,; Editing by Paul Sandle)
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Photo credit: The former paper mill Laverstoke Mill distillery located on the River Test in Laverstoke, southern England, in 2015. It hosted over 100,000 visitors per year at the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery. The UK is now considering loosening tourism rules. Iwan Baan / Bacardi Ltd via Associated Press