Britain is promoting strict coronavirus quarantines but has issued hardly any fines
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain must be “absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners around the world.”
But the enforcement numbers don’t suggest ruthlessness. Since June, when Britain began requiring self-isolation for people traveling from countries where the virus is spreading at a rapid rate, police have fined only three people for ignoring the rules in England and Wales. Another nine people were fined for failing to fill out contact forms.
That’s out of the 50,000 people the government says arrive from abroad each day, many traveling from countries on the quarantine list.
On paper, the rules are strict. Self-isolators must stay indoors, at a single location, for two full weeks, having food and medicines delivered, with no exceptions and no visitors. The government warns: “You cannot leave your home to walk your dog. You will need to ask friends or relatives to help you with this.”
According to Home Secretary Priti Patel, 99.9 percent of arrivals complied with …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]