People returning from countries on the government’s travel orange list should expect a “knock on the door,” the interior minister warned.
Priti Patel told the Daily Mail that the newspaper’s enforcement was stepped up to ensure that people visiting countries such as France, Italy and Spain adhere to quarantine rules.
Currently, anyone returning from an Amber List country – which is the vast majority of countries in the world – must self-isolate for 10 days and pass two COVID tests.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday 30,000 home visits had already taken place last week to check whether people were in quarantine.
A Home Office source confirmed to Sky News that a private contractor, Mitie, will carry out the enforcement checks, but police can also surrender if people are suspected of violating quarantine rules.
Asked by the Mail on Wednesday whether holidaymakers should expect a “knock on the door” on their return home, Ms Patel replied: “Yes, people should.
“There is a service, a provision is in place, the capacity has been increased for this very reason. People will not be left unchecked.
“Significant resources have been put in place – millions of pounds – in terms of monitoring people tracking around their tests and making sure they stay home. It has been intensified.
Sky News has learned that officials are able to make 10,000 home visits per day.
The tone of the warning was in contrast to comments by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Thursday morning, who said the British should “use common sense” about whether or not they choose to fly to the countries of the United Kingdom. orange list.
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