Ports: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria her Department will use to determine the lifting of covid-19 quarantine measures at UK ports of entry.

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

Public health will always come first. The government will carefully assess the impact of these measures in preventing transmission of coronavirus in the UK.

The need for the restrictions, and the requirements imposed, will be reviewed in line with social distancing measures, currently every three weeks. The first review will be in the last week of June.

The Government will consider factors such as SAGE advice, the domestic and international incidence of Covid-19, the level of infection and transmission, emerging scientific evidence for antibody and other screening methods being appropriate for international travel health measures, economic impact, and initiatives being trialled to ensure safe travel.

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