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The British, whose life was turned upside down overnight


Britons affected by Spain's last-minute quarantine list are left out of their pockets after being isolated for 14 days after their return.

Employers are not required to pay staff while they are in quarantine. The self-employed will be forced to quit their jobs – and some people could even be fired if they had to isolate themselves when they returned home.

The shock decision to enforce a 14-day quarantine was given a five-hour period and did not allow tens of thousands of tourists to return home before they started.

Labor lawyer Grahame Anderson said, "If you come back from Spain today and your boss says you have to work on Monday, there is not much you can do if he says," Well if you don't come in, I will don't pay you. And if you haven't been there for two years, you have very little protection against dismissal. & # 39;

Among the victims is a British tourist in Spain who runs the British charity Mask Our Heroes, which provides personal protective equipment to front workers.

Emily Woods said to ITVs This Morning: “We came out on Thursday. We checked the government guidelines and there were no signs of restrictions.

Self-employed IT technician Nick Madeley (41) is pictured with his wife Alison (49) and five-year-old daughter Ellie. He is returning from Mallorca to East Midlands Airport today, but now has to pay contractors to do his job because he can no longer do it

Among the victims is the British tourist Emily Woods in Spain, who runs the British charity Mask Our Heroes, who provides front workers with personal protective equipment

“We traveled very safely and I know a lot about PSA – I run a PSA charity. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our friend's villa. We were faced with a two-week ban. This will limit my work. & # 39;

Freelance IT technician Nick Madeley, 41, who is returning to East Midlands Airport from Mallorca today, said he had to pay contractors to do his job because he could no longer do it in quarantine.

Can your employer refuse payment if you need to be quarantined?

Legal experts have warned that some people may lose their wages or even face the sack if they have to be quarantined when they return home.

They said it is important that people know about the lack of occupational safety when they follow the rules imposed by the government.

Labor lawyer Grahame Anderson said, "If you come back from Spain today and your boss says you have to work on Monday, there is not much you can do if he says," Well if you don't come in, I will don't pay you.

"And if you haven't been there for two years, you have very little protection against dismissal."

The UK government's official website states: "You cannot get SSP if you isolate yourself after entering or returning to the UK and do not have to isolate yourself for any other reason."

However, it does mean that if you a) isolate yourself because you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, you can apply for £ 95.85 per week in statutory sickness benefit for up to 28 weeks; b) has been informed by the NHS or health authorities that you have come into contact with someone with coronavirus; or c) "shielding" at home because you are at high risk of serious coronavirus disease.

Mr. Madeley from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was on vacation with his wife Alison (49) and five-year-old daughter Ellie.

He informed MailOnline that the family had canceled a vacation in Madeira, so we followed the Foreign Office's advice and moved to Santa Ponsa in Mallorca, knowing that they would not have to isolate themselves when they returned.

Mr. Madeley said: “We all had a great vacation and also followed the rules for face masks and disinfection. We felt very safe.

"But it's my daughter that I'm sorry for. After we went through the block at home, patiently adhering to the block rules, and then slowly coming back to school, this vacation was our little piece of normality for which we worked hard.

"And now we all have to quarantine and lose during the summer vacation when she can't go out and do things that we were going to do."

He added: “I am self-employed and will work again the day after we return. Now that I have announced that I will finish my work at my expense, I have not been able to find any other contractors while I will be in quarantine.

“I didn't take the decision to go abroad lightly and I could easily have received a refund, but that would not help our economy as the government requires us to do.

“Now I have the feeling that we will be punished for it. I understand we have to respond to outbreaks, but the whole of Britain is not out of bounds for people who only enter for Leicester, etc. & # 39;

Another tourist, Jan Keegan, told MailOnline that she had returned from the Canary Islands with her family last night and was "extremely frustrated" in quarantine.

She said: “Overnight from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands, which seems crazy since their cases are so low.

“It doesn't affect me that much because I'm a key worker who works from home, but my husband is a truck driver and just returned to work after a vacation.

“We would not have gone out to know about the quarantine as we are not sure how it will affect my husband's wages and of course the inconvenience to the company he works for. We pray that they will revise the quarantine for the Balearic and Canary Islands. & # 39;

Laura Martin, 27, an Au Pair living in London, is arriving from Madrid at Heathrow Airport today. She said that although the family she works for as an au pair was looking for "other solutions like a hostel," she would spend the two weeks isolating herself from a friend

Laura Martin, 27, an Au Pair living in London, is arriving from Madrid at Heathrow Airport today. She said that although the family she works for as an au pair was looking for "other solutions like a hostel," she would spend the two weeks isolating herself from a friend

Leamington Spa Tony and Yolanda Schofield flew from Madrid to Heathrow Airport this morning. The couple had flown from Mexico to Spain, where they had "isolated themselves" for eight weeks, Schofield said.

"We were surprised that we recently had to quarantine from Spain, even though we knew we had to return from Mexico," he said. "It was very smooth, very easy."

When asked about the two-week quarantine, Mr. Schofield called it "necessary".

Ms. Schofield added: “It's okay for us because we don't have to go to work. We really planned it that way and we have to quarantine somewhere. & # 39;

Laura Martin, an au pair living in London, cannot return to work for 14 days due to the quarantine of arrivals from Spain.

Leamington Spa Tony and Yolanda Schofield flew from Madrid to Heathrow Airport this morning. When asked about the two-week quarantine, Mr. Schofield called it "necessary".

Leamington Spa Tony and Yolanda Schofield flew from Madrid to Heathrow Airport this morning. When asked about the two-week quarantine, Mr. Schofield called it "necessary".

The 27-year-old flew from Madrid to Heathrow Airport, where she visited friends and family. & # 39; Quarantine is not a problem. I think it's only for human safety, ”she said.

She said that although the family she works for as an au pair was looking for "other solutions like a hostel," she would spend the two weeks isolating herself from a friend.

A woman who flew from Heathrow Airport to Madrid to visit friends for two days said she felt "terrible" at the prospect of being quarantined for two weeks when she returned.

She only gave her name as Maria and said, "I feel terrible. I understand it's for security and everything, but when people are already taking action, I think it's so troublesome.

Tamara Golan, who now has to isolate with her husband after returning from Spain, said at London Heathrow Airport that travelers would be "let down".

Tamara Golan, who now has to isolate with her husband after returning from Spain, said at London Heathrow Airport that travelers would be "let down".

"I'll only be there two nights, barely three days, so it's not even a long time."

The woman, who works in the shop and comes from Reading, says that she will work from home when she returns, adding: "If this had affected my work, I would have to cancel the flight."

Tamara Golan, who now has to isolate with her husband after returning from Spain, said at London Heathrow Airport that travelers would be "let down".

She told Sky News: "If we had been given three days ago, they would have said that we would probably introduce a new quarantine policy on Saturday and Sunday, we might have made different plans.

"And I think there are so many people who have just been let down and it seems that the government is not acting responsibly."

At London Heathrow Airport, passenger Chantelle Fourriles told Sky News: "We missed our connection, so we have to come to terms with this situation now."

At London Heathrow Airport, passenger Chantelle Fourriles told Sky News: "We missed our connection, so we have to come to terms with this situation now."

Some late passengers missed their transfer in Madrid – and would have avoided quarantine if they were hours earlier.

At Heathrow, Chantelle Fourriles said to Sky News: "We missed our connection, so we have to come to terms with this situation now."

Another passenger at Heathrow, Jack Winter, said: "I deliberately moved my trip from Portugal to Spain because Portugal was on the no-fly list and it has been completely exchanged, so it hit me a bit twice."

The decision to remove Spain from the "safe list" of non-quarantined destinations followed an increase in some cases last week. The move, which took place in Spain less than two weeks after the quarantine restrictions were lifted, left the travel industry in shock.

The prospect of travelers to France facing the same fate was raised yesterday when the country's prime minister said that "localized locks" could be imposed if infections continued to increase.

Another passenger at Heathrow, Jack Winter, said: "I deliberately moved my trip from Portugal to Spain because Portugal was on the no-fly list and it has been completely exchanged, so it hit me a bit twice."

Another passenger at Heathrow, Jack Winter, said: "I deliberately moved my trip from Portugal to Spain because Portugal was on the no-fly list and it has been completely exchanged, so it hit me a bit twice."

A doctor learned about the new rules three minutes after touchdown in Malaga on Saturday – and decided to fly straight home yesterday because he couldn't afford a two-week break in addition to the vacation time he had booked.

Dr. Andras Szigeti, who spent £ 600 with his partner on the trip to Malaga, was looking forward to a break after working during the entire curfew.

Instead, after a night at home in Chelmsford, Essex, he has to isolate himself and return to work in two weeks.

"Since I'm a private doctor and the main earner in the family, I can't afford to lose half my monthly salary," he told the BBC.

Dr. Szigeti, whose LinkedIn profile says he is an optician for a street optician, and his partner booked the trip as an alternative to a family visit to Hungary that imposed entry requirements for those arriving from the UK.

Becki Gorman (right, at Manchester Airport), 36, from Blackley, Manchester, pictured with Keeley Gorman (left) and Baby Mia, should have returned to her job as branch manager after 12 days in Benidorm today, but it will now be at home on unpaid leave for a fortnight

Becki Gorman (right, at Manchester Airport), 36, from Blackley, Manchester, pictured with Keeley Gorman (left) and Baby Mia, should have returned to her job as branch manager after 12 days in Benidorm today, but it will now be at home on unpaid leave for a fortnight

49-year-old NHS employee Peter Anderson, who is returning from Marbella, thinks he can work again immediately, but has to take two weeks off from his wife Gaynor's home office.

"My wife works for a self-catering vacation company," he said before flying from Malaga to Liverpool with his wife and six-year-old son Thomas before returning to Windermere, Cumbria.

“She won't be able to do her job properly and keep an eye on a six-year-old who runs around the house. I have to take time off to take care of him.

“Our son should go to a kids' club for three days this week and won't be able to now. & # 39;

Ms. Anderson, 47, said: "We should have had more time, at least 24 to 48 hours, so we could have had more time to find alternatives."

Veterinarian Gemma Vilanova (left at Manchester Airport), 28, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, should start a new job in a practice today after visiting a family near Barcelona

Veterinarian Gemma Vilanova (left at Manchester Airport), 28, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, should start a new job in a practice today after visiting a family near Barcelona

Veterinarian Gemma Vilanova, 28, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was supposed to start a new job in a practice today after visiting a family near Barcelona.

Instead, after her return flight yesterday, she has to tell her employer that she can only start in two weeks.

"Since I'm not a key worker, I have to quarantine," she said. "It's just unnecessary trouble."

She said she saw little evidence that immigration staff were checking to see if incoming passengers met the registration requirement, where they wanted to isolate themselves, and added, "The security measures are not very stringent."

36-year-old Becki Gorman from Blackley, Manchester, should have returned to work as branch manager after 12 days in Benidorm today, but will now be at home on unpaid leave for a fortnight.

49-year-old NHS employee Peter Anderson from Cumbria thinks he can work again immediately, but has to take two weeks off because of his wife Gaynor's home office. They are pictured with their son Thomas at Malaga airport before they fly to Liverpool

49-year-old NHS employee Peter Anderson from Cumbria thinks he can work again immediately, but has to take two weeks off because of his wife Gaynor's home office. They are pictured with their son Thomas at Malaga airport before they fly to Liverpool

"We ate in a restaurant when we found out," she said. "I tried to change the flights, but the only one I could find landed shortly after midnight, so it was pointless.

“We would never have left if we had to spend 14 days at home. That doesn't help anyone. & # 39;

Labor shadow secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds today requested statutory sick pay from those who now need to be quarantined against BBC Breakfast: “We are now asking people to return from abroad and isolate them for 14 days.

“If you look at the statutory sickness benefit qualifications on the government's website this morning, you will find that if you isolate or isolate yourself for the only reason you have, you will not be eligible for statutory sickness benefit returned from abroad and for no other reason.

Labor shadow secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told BBC Breakfast he was demanding statutory sick pay for those who now need to be quarantined

At the same time, the government seems to be telling us that people will not lose because they have to rely on the goodwill of employers

"Well, it's just not a satisfactory situation and proof that this should be well thought out."

When asked whether people should get statutory sick pay when they return from abroad if they isolate themselves, Mr. Thomas-Symonds said: “Of course, people should be offered everything they need so as not to lose, and that the government said earlier. & # 39;

Health Minister Helen Whately told Sky News that people should work from home when they return from Spain – and called on employers to "provide support".

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Questions and Answers: How British are now instructed not to go on vacation in Spain

What is the new travel advice?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against all non-essential trips – such as B. Holidays – to mainland Spain. This does not apply to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands, writes Sean Poulter, editor for consumer affairs.

What about quarantine?

Those returning from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will have to go through a 14-day quarantine after returning to the UK.

Why did the rules change?

There has been an increase in the cases in Barcelona, ​​Zaragoza and Madrid.

Why are the Spanish islands included in the isolation rules?

It is unclear. The Spanish government and the British travel trade organization ABTA argue that this is not necessary. They indicate that infection rates are low on these islands. However, a British tourist tested positive in Lanzarote last week. British officials fear that if the islands were excluded, a void would allow the British in Spain to fly home via Mallorca and escape quarantine.

Are restrictions now applied to other countries?

Fears of a second wave in Europe have created the risk of further restrictions. France, Belgium, Germany and Croatia have increased, but ministers say rule changes are not imminent. Belgium and Croatia are on the watchlist, sources said. Hong Kong had the highest daily new infections on Saturday – around 130. Other countries such as India, Romania and Bulgaria, where restrictions already exist, have also seen an increase.

What are my refund rights?

If you have booked a package tour on mainland Spain, your tour operator should cancel the vacation. You can then request a full refund. There are no automatic cancellation and refund policies for the Balearic and Canary Islands, and some operators may not cancel. In these circumstances, families who choose to cancel are not legally entitled to a refund. Some tour operators have suggested accepting cancellations and refunds.

What if you book flights and accommodation separately?

There is no right to cancellation and reimbursement if holiday items are booked separately and not as a package.

Can travelers cancel flights or get a refund?

There is no automatic claim for a cash refund. Ryanair, BA, easyJet and Jet2 will continue their flights to Spanish airports. Travelers can be offered a voucher for the value of the ticket or a rebooking option if they want to cancel.

What about accommodation?

If a hotel or villa remains open and available, there is no legal right to cancellation and reimbursement. Some booking websites such as Airbnb and Booking.com offer last minute cancellation for some offers.

Will insurance policies cover flights and accommodations?

Travel insurance is unlikely to be covered if the policy was purchased after March 10, when most insurers removed cover for cancellations related to Covid-19.

What happens if Spain announces local blocks?

Tour operators cancel vacations and you are entitled to a full refund.

What are the rules for those returning from Spain?

Travelers coming to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must all be quarantined. You must fill out a form to provide an address where you can isolate yourself for 14 days. You can be fined £ 100 if you fail to fill out the form. Every fifth authorized passenger is called or sent a text message to check whether they are complying with the rules.

What are the penalties for those who ignore the rules?

A fine of up to £ 1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and £ 480 in Scotland. For persistent offenders, fines can rise to £ 5,000.

Are quarantine beneficiaries eligible for financial support?

No, they are not and there is no automatic entitlement to statutory sick pay unless they meet the conditions – for example, if they have coronavirus symptoms.

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