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Britons flocked back from France to break the quarantine period


A mother who missed the last Eurostar train from Paris to London last night will now have to be quarantined with her disabled son for 14 days after the government's mandatory quarantine at 4 a.m.

Basingstoke's Alexis Walmsley missed her last chance to return to the UK with her son after her train from Avignon to Paris was delayed in Lyon.

She said her son "won't understand the quarantine" and the family "doesn't even know where we'll sleep tonight".

The move in the eleventh hour to put France on the quarantine list created chaos for an estimated 500,000 British vacationers in France – about 160,000 of them made a desperate attempt to get home.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the train that carries vehicles through the Channel Tunnel, said it carried almost 30% more vehicles from France to the UK on Friday than forecast as travelers rushed home and beat the quarantine.

22 additional departures were planned, carrying more than 30,000 passengers in 11,600 vehicles.

Basingstoke's Alexis Walmsley (pictured) missed the last Eurostar train, which means that both she and her disabled son will now have to be quarantined for 14 days

The move in the 11th hour caused chaos for an estimated 500,000 Britons in France. Some had to charter a fishing boat (picture)

The move in the 11th hour caused chaos for an estimated 500,000 Britons in France. Some had to charter a fishing boat (picture)

The Dunedin Consort - a music ensemble from Scotland - wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Au revoir France! This is quite unique for the outcomes of concerts. We are sailing back to the UK on a fishing boat overnight to break the quarantine. & # 39;

The Dunedin Consort – a music ensemble from Scotland – wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Au revoir France! This is quite unique for the outcomes of concerts. We are sailing back to the UK on a fishing boat overnight to break the quarantine. & # 39;

Eurostar passengers arrive at St Pancras station in London on the first train from Paris after a quarantine was put in place for people returning from France

Eurostar passengers arrive at St Pancras station in London on the first train from Paris after a quarantine was put in place for people returning from France

Ms. Walmsley wrote on Twitter: “So close and yet so far. I reorganized my return from France to make sure my disabled son didn't have to be quarantined, but our TGV was so late that we will miss the last Eurostar home. & # 39;

She added: “I have made a new booking for the Eurostar for myself and my disabled son (who does not understand the quarantine) from Avignon to Paris.

“We would have made it home without a massive delay in Lyon. Now I don't even know where we'll sleep tonight & # 39;

Three friends who returned to London tonight said they needed to be quarantined despite testing negative for the virus in the past week.

23-year-old school worker Lou Le Mener, student Aurelia Crea and 25-year-old IT worker Marine Coupe, all French nationals who live in London together, arrived in St Pancras on Saturday night after visiting family.

Ms. Crea said, “We wanted to come back yesterday but it was about 300 euros per ticket and the website crashed. Then you have a lot of people in the same place overcrowded trying to come back. The Eurostar was very calm today.

“I think it's unfair that we have to quarantine, but we will. In Paris we have to wear masks almost everywhere, we've already felt trapped there and now we're trapped again. & # 39;

Ms. Coupe added, “It doesn't really make sense. The UK was the last country to be quarantined and now they are bringing in these hardcore measures.

"And everyone in France also wears a mask, but here no."

The group said they had all had negative coronavirus tests for the past week.

A mother had to leave two of her children with her husband when she fled France on the last Eurostar train.

The woman, who had to return to the UK due to her job before the quarantine began, could only get tickets for herself and her baby.

She now fears that her two daughters – who will return on Monday – will not be out of quarantine when their school returns.

The woman, who did not reveal her name, told Sky News: "This completely ruined our summer. I do not know what to do now. I am so upset about it. & # 39;

Others had to charter a fishing boat to get home on time. The Dunedin Consort – a music ensemble from Scotland – wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Au revoir France! This is quite unique for the outcomes of concerts. We are sailing back to the UK on a fishing boat overnight to break the quarantine. & # 39;

Daniel Sutton also used social media to share his thoughts. He wrote: “Try to make this reasonable: I'll be back from France tonight at 11pm, so you miss the quarantine rule by 5 hours. Iona then comes back on Monday and has to legally quarantine. Even though we live together (Iona has nowhere else to go) I don't need to be quarantined.

“When she comes back I have to go to work and can legally go to pubs, stores, etc. while living with someone who is quarantined. (I'll only go out to work, of course.) "

Angela Langridge from Brighton also returned after the deadline, saying she was concerned that her "sanity" was cooped up inside. She told The Guardian: "I was supposed to start work on Monday but we had already missed our vacation in Spain so we thought we would try France."

She added, "We don't have a garden … but we have Wii Fit (a video console) and friends and family offering to deliver groceries."

One family returned to the UK within hours. Matt, a Manchester teacher who didn't share his middle name, took his car on a tunnel train that was due to arrive in the UK at 3:55 a.m.

Travelers from France arrive at the Eurostar terminal in St. Pancras International after France was removed from the list of safe countries people can travel to without going into quarantine

Travelers from France arrive at the Eurostar terminal in St. Pancras International after France was removed from the list of safe countries people can travel to without going into quarantine

Eurostar passengers were seen arriving at St. Pancras Station in London after arriving from Paris. They now need to be quarantined

Eurostar passengers were seen arriving at St. Pancras Station in London after arriving from Paris. They now need to be quarantined

A coronavirus infection map of France has revealed that only Paris and Marseille have major outbreaks, while most of the country is barely affected. The percentage shows the proportion of coronavirus tests that come back positive

A coronavirus infection map of France has revealed that only Paris and Marseille have major outbreaks, while most of the country is barely affected. The percentage shows the proportion of coronavirus tests that come back positive

Travelers are returning to the UK from France at St Pancras Railway Station in London after the 4am quarantine went into effect

Travelers are returning to the UK from France at St Pancras Railway Station in London after the 4am quarantine went into effect

Travelers come back to the UK from Paris. All passengers wear their protective coronavirus face mask during the journey

Travelers come back to the UK from Paris. All passengers wear their protective coronavirus face mask during the journey

His family had camped in the Dordogne and planned to come home on Monday but changed their tickets for an additional £ 115.

The family drove 10 hours to Calais to catch the train and spent an additional £ 66 to stay in a hotel early in the morning before continuing on to Manchester.

“We literally got on the last available train. We kept up to date on the chaos in Calais and feared the worst, ”said the 40-year-old.

"Luckily we arrived in Calais and just got back at 3am."

There are also fears that the new rules will result in thousands of children missing the start of the school year as students who do not return to the UK by Tuesday night will still be self-isolating at home when the majority of schools return in September 2 .

With limited capacity for flights, ferries and the Eurotunnel, many have no choice but to stay in France – or pay high prices for some of the remaining tickets.

Some tourists were given less time to avoid quarantine after the Scottish and Welsh governments called for the rules to be put in place the day before.

In the meantime, France is likely to impose quarantine restrictions on people arriving from the UK starting Monday, which means UK travelers will have to self-isolate upon arrival there as well.

Families took a last-minute run across the canal last night before the 4 a.m. cut-off this morning when France was put on the UK's quarantine list. Pictured: a family who came from Dieppe last night

Families took a last-minute run across the canal last night before the 4 a.m. cut-off this morning when France was put on the UK's quarantine list. Pictured: a family who came from Dieppe last night

Passengers disembarked from the penultimate ferry to Newhaven from Dieppe last night before the 14-day quarantine rules came into force

Passengers disembarked from the penultimate ferry to Newhaven from Dieppe last night before the 14-day quarantine rules came into force

People line up to check-in at Nice Airport in the south of France for a British Airways flight to Heathrow Airport on Friday

A family was seen getting off the penultimate ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven last night - before the quarantine rules went into effect

A family was seen getting off the penultimate ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven last night – before the quarantine rules went into effect

In the meantime, France is likely to impose quarantine restrictions on people arriving from the UK starting Monday, which means UK travelers will have to self-isolate upon arrival there as well. Pictured: a line of cars fleeing France via the Channel Tunnel

In the meantime, France is likely to impose quarantine restrictions on people arriving from the UK starting Monday, which means UK travelers will have to self-isolate upon arrival there as well. Pictured: a line of cars fleeing France via the Channel Tunnel

Vacationers Stuart and Anna Buntine spent almost £ 1,000 on the Eurostar from France on Friday.

Mr Buntine, 58, said outside St. Pancras: “We only got our notification this morning when we were living in Burgundy, there wasn't much internet.

“I went to bed last night and thought everything was fine. I woke up at 7am and found we had to come back here pretty sharply.

Vacation prices are falling as experts fear the introduction of the quarantine at the last minute could deter the British from traveling internationally

The cost of traveling to Turkey and Greece has decreased by 30 percent as the British avoid international travel. Experts fear that the introduction of the quarantine at the last minute in various countries could be to blame.

According to The Times, prices for holidays in quarantine-free Greece and Turkey have fallen by an average of around 28 percent.

The comparison website Travel Supermarket also found that the cost of a week-long trip to Italy fell by more than half.

A source said, "Operators are clearly starting to cut seat prices."

"Given the situation we are in, all income is good income."

“We couldn't get tickets, all websites crashed. We had to buy business class tickets today, which costs almost £ 1,000. It is what it is.

"It's a little crazy, but there's not much we can do about it, can we?"

Ms. Buntine added: "We walked away with our eyes and knew that this was a possibility. So we decided to take this risk."

The couple, who own a farm in the Midlands and run a sporting events company, said they were originally due on Monday but had to return earlier due to a work event in the quarantine window.

  • Children who need to be quarantined after returning from vacation must be back in the UK by Tuesday. Otherwise, they will not be able to return to school on September 2nd
  • Up to 500,000 Brits have ruined their holidays, while official estimates say 160,000 Brits are trying to leave France before Saturday
  • Meanwhile, French officials have suggested that the country will impose quarantine restrictions on people arriving "within days" from the British
  • "Mutual agreements are common in these situations and they are likely to be within a few days," the French government source said
  • It comes after the UK insisted that anyone arriving from France from 4 a.m. on Saturday must spend two weeks self-isolating
  • Last night, Grant Shapps wreaked havoc by falsely saying this would apply to people "coming back from Sunday" as opposed to Saturday
  • The Ministry of Transport was forced to quickly clear the right day

According to the Bureau of National Statistics, 20 percent of adults have given up plans to travel abroad. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said an estimated 160,000 tried to return from France yesterday.

Shapps wreaked havoc last night when he announced the dramatic move to quarantine France but suggested that it would only apply to people "coming back from Sunday".

The Department of Transport then made it clear that the restrictions would come into effect tomorrow, instead on allegations that Nicola Sturgeon had quarantined France tomorrow to "flex its muscles".

In worse news for UK vacationers, Greece could soon be quarantined after a surge in the infection rate. As of August 12, 235 cases were recorded. There were daily new cases in the country in the 1930s towards the end of July.

Families returning to the UK from France or any other blacklisted country today after 4am today risk a £ 1,000 fine and criminal record for sending their children to school when they are in 14 days of self-isolation should.

Parents are not punished by school principals or their children are marked as officially absent if they adhere to the quarantine.

People line up to check-in for the cross-channel ferry in Calais on Friday as around 160,000 Brits are returning from France before quarantine restrictions go into effect at 4 a.m. on Saturday

People line up to check-in for the cross-channel ferry in Calais on Friday as around 160,000 Brits are returning from France before quarantine restrictions go into effect at 4 a.m. on Saturday

However, according to Home Office rules, returning travelers shouldn't go to work or school – and officials have praised strict enforcement.

This means that teachers are not allowed to return to the classroom if they are still self-isolating at the beginning of the semester.

The National Education Union recently demanded that teachers who are in quarantine should receive full vacation pay when they cannot work from home. Schools have been asked to ensure that distance learning facilities are in place to help students who need to self-isolate during the first week of the semester.

It comes after Boris Johnson vowed to make reopening schools a "national priority" after months of disruption.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith yesterday criticized the government's handling of the French quarantine fiasco. He said, “I would have preferred if this had been done more nuanced.

"Instead of hitting the quarantine across the country, it would have been better to do so gradually, with the most affected regions affected first. I am concerned that many teachers will be affected by this decision when they are needed in schools. & # 39;

Canal swimmers and five campers who have not yet been dropped off

A special kind of day-tripper …

The quarantine rules made swimmer Chloe McCardel hold her breath – as the rising tide of Covid cases on the continent could force her to self-isolate.

The 35-year-old plans to swim to France tomorrow but needs to reach land for her 21-mile trip to be considered an official cross-channel trip. She plans to stay in the country for less than ten minutes before returning to the UK but is still unsure if she needs to be quarantined afterward.

The swimmer Chloe McCardel wants to break the men's record for the number of crossings in the English Channel on Sunday

The swimmer Chloe McCardel wants to break the men's record for the number of crossings in the English Channel on Sunday

The 35-year-old Australian said she will spend less than 10 minutes on French soil and hopes she doesn't have to go into quarantine on her return to Dover

The 35-year-old Australian said she will spend less than 10 minutes on French soil and hopes she doesn't have to go into quarantine on her return to Dover

Miss McCardel of Australia holds several world records, including the longest unsupported swim in the ocean ever – 41.5 hours in the Bahamas, which is more than 77 miles.

She received special permission from the Australian government to travel to the UK amid the pandemic and has swum the canal 34 times, including three crossings this month alone. British swimmer Alison Streeter's record is 43.

Miss McCardel will be leaving around 10 am and is expected to reach France ten hours later. "I'll stand on land for a few minutes, then it's back in the water, swim to the auxiliary boat and head back to England," she said.

"We're not going anywhere near the border guards or passport control, so I hope the quarantine thing isn't technically correct."

Miss McCardel said she would like her crossing to raise awareness of domestic violence during the lockdown after escaping an abusive relationship herself.

We still go despite the son's requests

Jamie and Bernie Harrison are on their camping vacation despite the new quarantine announcement.

The couple traveled to Nice yesterday with their children JJ (nine), Luke (six) and Nelly (three). After returning from the south of France, the family has to be quarantined for two weeks.

The Harrisons originally planned to travel to Spain – but switched destinations after their original choice was subject to the same quarantine restrictions now imposed on France.

Jamie Harrison and wife Bernie, both 43, took their three children JJ (nine), Luke (six) and Nelly (three) on a 10-day camping holiday in Nice, France

Jamie Harrison and wife Bernie, both 43, took their three children JJ (nine), Luke (six) and Nelly (three) on a 10-day camping holiday in Nice, France

Mr. Harrison, 43, said, “We will still have fun and have a great trip. There will never be a good time to put quarantine in place, and if it has to be done then so be it. But I don't understand why they chose Saturday to implement it. & # 39;

Ms. Harrison, also 43, admitted, “We thought it would come after what happened to Spain. I was mentally prepared. And we made sure we had two weeks before the kids went back to school. & # 39;

JJ said he did not agree with his parents' decision to leave the family home in south east London. "I think quarantine is bad and that's why I wanted to stay," he said.

"It means I can't play with my friends for two weeks."

Passengers are arriving at Gatwick Airport from France today (picture from left to right: Joanne Edmondson, Lily Edmondson, Amelie Duncan, Madeleine Edmondson, David Edmondson).

Passengers are arriving at Gatwick Airport from France today (picture from left to right: Joanne Edmondson, Lily Edmondson, Amelie Duncan, Madeleine Edmondson, David Edmondson).

Pictured: Estelle Blanc at the age of 37

Pictured: Dylan Jones

Passengers arrive from Paris at St Pancras International Station. It was announced last night that after staying in France, people will have to self-isolate to stop the spread of Covid 19 (Image: Estelle Blanc, left, Dylan Jones, right).

I am coming back from a quarantine country. What do I have to do?

First, fill out a search form online. This includes your travel history, contact details and the UK address where you self-isolate for 14 days. Border Force agents will verify that you have completed this form before going through passport control.

Are there any exceptions?

YES. Those who do not need to self-isolate after arriving in the UK include airline, ferry and rail workers in cross-channel traffic, as well as workers who commute between the UK and a quarantined country more than once a week. Freight forwarders are excluded, as are seasonal workers in the countryside and people with technical expertise who are required for emergency work. Exceptions can also be granted for health reasons.

What if I go back via France?

There is no need to self-isolate or fill out a form – as long as you don't physically enter the country or someone comes to you while you are traveling.

Does quarantine really mean 14 days indoors?

YES. They cannot exercise, shop, or visit visitors unless they provide emergency assistance or medical care. Groceries should be ordered online or delivered by friends or family.

Does anyone in my home need to self-isolate if they haven't traveled?

No. Only those who have traveled to a quarantine country have to self-isolate for 14 days. The rest of the household can go on normally – although they should try to keep contact with self-isolating people as little as possible.

What happens to those who break the rules?

ALSO, failing to fill out a locator form is a criminal offense and could result in a £ 100 fine. Those who break the quarantine face a £ 1,000 fine or even law enforcement in England – which can result in an unlimited fine.

How is this enforced?

Public health officials conduct random telephone checks. If this raises doubts, the police will visit the address concerned.

Can I apply for statutory sick pay in quarantine?

No unless you are sick. The government has asked companies to go easy on staff to get caught – saying workers can apply for universal loans if their boss doesn't pay them while they self-isolate.

I have booked a vacation in a quarantine country. Should I go anyway

It depends on you. The Federal Foreign Office is now warning against "anything but essential" trips to countries on the list. Most insurance policies do not cover medical expenses in this scenario. In addition, countries are likely to respond to arrivals from the UK with their own measures.

Will I get my money back if I cancel my trip?

It depends on whether. If your hotel or villa is still open, there is no legal right to a refund. However, some websites like Airbnb allow last minute cancellations. When it comes to travel, you are also not eligible for a refund if your airline's route is still running – although you should get a voucher or a free rebooking. These are also offered to ferry customers due to the trip in August. According to Eurostar, passengers with a booking up to September 7th can receive a voucher that is valid for 12 months.

The number of Covid-19 cases in France rose by 2,846 yesterday, bringing the seven-day average above 2,000 for the first time since April 20.

However, critics have questioned the need for blanket quarantine when there are large differences in infection rates between regions.

The area including Paris is badly hit with more than 73,000 cases, but this is five times the region that includes Provence and the Côte d & # 39; Azur.

The UK has also added restrictions on travelers from Monaco, Malta, Holland, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Aruba.

The government is now advising against all trips to France and the other countries. It means travelers there are unlikely to be covered by travel insurance.

The move has ruined the vacation plans of an estimated 500,000 Britons in France, and travel chefs have warned of days of chaos.

Eurotunnel tickets for crossings this weekend and next week sold out quickly last night, along with Eurostar trains from Paris. British Airways, Ryanair and EasyJet flights were sold out within minutes of the announcement on Thursday evening.

The cost of tickets for the few remaining seats on flights from Nice and Paris increased tenfold to £ 800 yesterday morning. Tickets for the Canal Tunnel sold out within hours as 12,000 people tried to push their bookings forward.

Eurostar and Brittany Ferries said most services are fully booked. Tickets for Eurostar were up 30 percent, which meant a family of four would cost more than £ 800 to travel from Paris to London yesterday afternoon.

There are growing fears that Iceland, Austria and Poland could be quarantined next week, despite insiders hinting that Portugal could be removed from the list.

France is expected to impose coronavirus quarantine measures on people arriving from the UK from Monday, a government source announced in Paris tonight.

It follows that the UK is insisting that anyone arriving from France after 4 a.m. on Saturday must spend two weeks self-isolating.

"Mutual agreements are common in these situations and they are likely to be within a few days," the French government source said.

France is the world's most popular tourist destination and the British are one of the largest groups of visitors, which means the quarantine will have a devastating impact.

Regions like Brittany, Normandy, the French Riviera, and Paris itself are usually packed with Britons in August.

According to official estimates, around 160,000 British people are currently trying to leave France before the Saturday deadline.

French Transport Minister Clément Beaune said on Twitter that his government had "regretted" the UK's decision to impose a quarantine and confirmed that they would "return the favor" with similar measures.

Even so, Mr Beaune said he hoped for a return to normal soon.

The British government has closed the "travel corridor" to France after the republic suffered a surge of nearly 14,000 cases in a week.

That jump included 2,669 new infections announced on Thursday, meaning France has suffered 21.0 cases per 100,000 people in seven days.

This is above the 20 threshold set by Grant Shapps, the UK Secretary of Transport, as key to UK quarantine rules.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday declared Paris and Marseille high-risk Covid-19 zones, giving authorities more powers to put in place tighter control measures.

This means that councils can close bars and restaurants, block roads to traffic and restrict access to public transport.

Paris and Marseille, the two largest cities in France, have already made face masks mandatory in many public spaces as well as in all enclosed spaces.

France also reported that the rate of growth of the disease was fastest among people ages 15 to 44.

Among the new infections were 50 gendarmes from the southwestern city of Tarbes who had returned with a group of 82 from a deployment in French Polynesia.

France has suffered more than 30,000 coronavirus-related deaths – a record that is the worst in Europe after the UK and Italy.

The UK recorded the highest number of Saturday cases in eight weeks, with 1,012 new Covid 19 cases.

The numbers, more than 200 cases higher than last week, mark the largest increase on Saturday since 1,295 cases were reported on June 20.

The UK has now seen a total of 317,379 cases.

Concerns about a second big spike had grown in recent weeks as local lockdowns began to emerge in the Midlands and north of England, and Boris Johnson said he needed to hit the brakes in late July to ease the rules.

Yesterday, another 1,441 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the largest one-day jump in two months.

The rising number of positive tests has raised fears that the virus will rebound and get out of control.

But top experts have dismissed fears and believe that the increase is merely due to more targeted tests in hotspots.

Government scientific advisors announced yesterday that the UK's coronavirus R-rate for the UK and England as a whole is between 0.8 and 1.0 – meaning it hasn't changed in the past week. But the southeast is now the only region where officials are confident the rate is below the dreaded level of one.

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