New 'business traveler' exemption from isolation announced
Dec 05 2020
Transport Secretary Grant Shappsannounced on Twitter that these individuals would no longer need to self-isolate when travelling or returning to England from a country that's not in a travel corridor from 4 a.m. on Saturday.
Exceptions are "subject to certain criteria", including trips that create or protect at least 50 United Kingdom jobs.
A Welsh MP has condemned the UK Government's announcement that "high-value business travellers" will be exempt from having to quarantine on arrival at airports in England.
High-value business travellers, musicians, dancers, journalists, and recently signed elite sports persons will be exempt from quarantine when they arrive in England, the government announced on Thursday.
United Kingdom and global performing artists, TV production staff, journalists and elite sportsmen or women newly-recruited to team "bubbles" will also gain exemptions alongside the specialist staff already free from quarantine.
The Department of Transportation (DFT) has said that people will only be exempted from carrying out certain business activities and will only be allowed to meet with others as needed. Individuals will only be exempt when undertaking the specific business activity and will only be able to meet with others as required by that specific activity.
According to the TFD, sectors such as media and elite sports were also added because they "needed specific, highly talented individuals who relied on worldwide connections".
'PHE [Public Health England] do not anticipate these changes will raise the risk of domestic transmission, due to the protocols being put in place around these exemptions, however all exemptions will remain under review, ' the department added.
Travellers will have to demonstrate they qualify with an exemption letter that shows they are delivering business benefits to the United Kingdom, which will be checked by police or Border Force.
All travellers will still be required to show and complete a passenger locator form when arriving, DfT added.
The new rules will come into force at 4am on Saturday, and they mean people in certain categories will no longer have to self-isolate upon returning to England, even if they are travelling from a country not on the travel corridors list.
If the result was negative, people would then be released from self-isolation.
Transport minister Robert Courts said the Government had acted "extremely fast" to introduce the test and release system to free people from quarantine earlier than now allowed in a bid to aid the industry.