Break quarantine, get a criminal record

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Last Friday morning the transport minister, Grant Shapps, announced that over 4,000 people have broken the 14 day quarantine rules and were being prosecuted.

Masks and a willingness to quarantine if asked are part of the holiday industry this year

Given the follow-up from the government on checking whether people were really quarantining you are tempted to say that the figure probably understates the number of people who have broken the rules and who have got away with it.

And, in announcing this figure, Shapps said that people convicted might get criminal records

I doubt whether many people realise the effect that a criminal record can have on future holidays or travel.

On the entry forms of some countries there are questions about criminal convictions. Failure to answer correctly can leave you being denied entry.

It points out again the problems facing holidaymakers at present. Going to a country is a lottery. Booking a holiday that goes ahead can be a lottery and getting back without running into new restrictions is also a lottery.

It does make you wonder why people might go abroad at all.

But they are doing so and in substantial numbers although nothing like what would normally be expected.

The 4,000 people to whom Shapps referred must be feeling a bit unlucky since he also said that the authorities can currently contact up to a thousand people per day. Many more than a thousand sa day are in self-imposed quarantine suggesting that the authorities aren’t managing to track everyone down.

But why can’t they? There are enough people “available” to check contacts.

Surely it is important to make sure that people are quarantining both for their and our benefit. The last thing anyone wants is a big outbreak let alone any outbreak.

If this interview that Shapps gave is good for anything it is to remind all holidaymakers that they have a duty to their fellow citizens.  

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