Self-isolation measures have been lifted for people traveling to England from “lower risk countries,” such as Germany, France, Spain and Italy, according to UK’s Department of Transport.
“Passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations which pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens, including Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced Friday.
The new measures will go into effect July 10 and a list of countries exempt from self-isolation upon arrival to England will be published Friday, the Transport Department said.
“A risk assessment has been conducted by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer. The assessment draws on a range of factors including the prevalence of coronavirus, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory of the disease in that destination,” the department’s statement read.
Those traveling from countries on the exemption list will not be required to self-isolate, “unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.”
“The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watch word and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with,” Shapps said in the statement.