Scottish tourism businesses lead outcry over 'catastrophic' plans to quarantine English visitors
Concerns have been raised by Scotland’s tourism industry after a key government advisor suggested the country should explore a quarantine period for visitors from England.
On Sunday, Professor Devi Sridhar said that Scotland could follow in New Zealand’s footsteps and move towards elimination of the virus by the end of summer, after reporting no new deaths for four days in a row. However, she highlighted the challenges the country faces from imported cases, which are exacerbated due to sharing a land border.
She urged “catching those cases through screening, through quarantine, through testing” and cited the checks US states with low Covid-19 transmission have introduced for people from those with high rates.
On Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated that while there are currently no plans to introduce the standard 14-day quarantine rule for English travellers: “I’m not ruling anything out, if it’s required from a public health perspective”.
The potential for this measure, which would essentially stop Scottish holidays for English travellers, has been greeted with dismay by some tourism businesses who are preparing to reopen and rely on guests from England.
A spokesperson for Glenapp Castle, a grand hotel in Ayrshire, said: “We appreciate that keeping the transmission of the virus as low as possible is a priority that we all need to support. However, this measure would be catastrophic to the Scottish hospitality industry, which is now almost wholly reliant on the domestic market.”
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