Nicola Sturgeon ‘will not shy away’ from quarantine for English visitors

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Nicola Sturgeon has once again refused to rule out the possibility that the English, Welsh and Northern Irish will have to quarantine when visiting Scotland.

The First Minister, speaking on ITV last night, said that forcing travellers from the rest of the UK to self-isolate was “not something I want to do if we can avoid that”. 

However, she added: “But I am not going to shy away from doing anything that I think is necessary and appropriate and effective in protecting people in Scotland from a virus that we know now to our painful cost can take life and also as we are increasingly learning can do a lot of long-term health damage to people.”

Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly refused to rule out imposing quarantine restrictions on English arrivals, despite opposition from tourism businesses that are heavily reliant on visitors from south of the border. 

This week hoteliers said English guests are increasingly calling to cancel bookings amidst the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions.

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What happened yesterday?

Good morning. Here’s a quick recap on the main travel headlines yesterday

  • Magaluf party ‘strip’ to close after bad behaviour of Britons

  • Greece and Norway welcome first English visitors as lockdown eases

  • Cruise operators plot fight back against blanket ban

  • Quarter of Britons would avoid countries with strict face mask rules

  • India reimposes lockdown restrictions as infection rate surges

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