Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support her Department has provided to UK Border Force to ensure that seasonal agricultural workers arriving in the UK do not display symptoms of covid-19.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Effective from 8 June, rules are in place for entering the UK because of COVID-19. The rules are for residents and visitors. Passengers will need to provide journey and contact details when travelling to the UK and will not be allowed to leave the place they are staying for the first 14 days except in very limited situations (known as self-isolation).

Seasonal agricultural workers in the edible horticulture food chain are included on the short list of exemptions from these measures, but will need to provide details of the farm where they will be staying and remain there for 14 days.

Should symptomatic passengers be encountered at the Primary Control Point (PCP) they will be referred to medical professionals for assessment and treatment as necessary.

All operational staff have the relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to them, along with detailed guidance on how to safely deal with individuals who display coronavirus symptoms.

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