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Fines of up to £10,000 and 10-year jail sentences could be issued to people flouting travel rules designed to keep emerging Covid-19 variants out of UK

Fines of up to £10,000 and 10-year jail sentences could be issued to people flouting travel rules designed to keep emerging Covid-19 variants out of UK

Author: Triston Macauley | Tuesday 9th February 2021

Fines of up to £10,000 and 10-year jail sentences could be issued to people flouting travel rules designed to keep emerging Covid-19 variants out of UK  Photograph

Health secretary, Matt Hancock has announced stricter measures that involve up to 10 years in jail for anyone who tried to alter paperwork or who tried to hide a visit to one of the governments 33 ‘red list’ countries where covid-19 variants have been identified. The new toughened up measures are expected to come into action next week.

Matt Hancock also declared that people would face a £1,000 fine for failing to take a first mandatory test, rising to 2,000 for not taking a second required test. People who fail to quarantine in a designated hotel will face a fine of up to £10,000.

People who are required to quarantine in hotels will have to pay £1,750, which covers the cost of accommodation, transport, and testing. Matt Hancock has revealed the government has signed deals with 16 hotels, securing 4,600 rooms for arrivals coming in from “red list” nations next week.