UK residents who quarantine upon returning from France warned not to walk their dogs for 14 days or face fines

The UK government announced that those who are arriving in England from a number of countries including France and the Netherlands destinations from 4 am (GMT) Saturday 15 August will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.

France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba removed from list of travel corridors for England following data showing a significant increase in COVID-19 risk, with passengers required to self-isolate when returning from these countries from 4am on Saturday 15 August.

Furthermore, according to The Telegraph, those who are returning from France will be able to make one trip to the supermarket on their way home and should not walk their dogs, with the government insisting there are very few exceptions to tough restrictions.  Citing a government source, The Telegraph states that dog parents will need to ask friends or their family to walk their pet during the two-week isolation period or else they face fines of up to £1,000.

Under new guidance issued to those returning home, travelers are have been urged to arrange online food deliveries or ask friends or family to help them with grocery shopping. Furthermore, if there is no possible way of getting food, then people are advised that they should go to the grocery store once on they are on their way back home from the airport. However, the government source stressed that this should only be done as a last resort.

People currently in France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba are encouraged to follow the local rules and check the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) travel advice pages on GOV.UK for further information.

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Dogs being walked by their humans with masks on (image: Pexels: Gustavo Fring)

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