Crowds at Heathrow Airport have sparked “super spreader” concerns.
Former British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmagot released a photo of Terminal 2 on Friday: “D2 Heathrow Friday afternoon. No ventilation. Long delays. Super spread.”
Pictures and videos of large queues for passport control have surfaced on social media in recent days, despite international travel being largely banned.
The UK is only allowed to go abroad for a limited number of “legally permissible reasons” during the lockout, requiring a negative on arrival Corona virus Test 72 hours before they are allowed to enter.
But Labor’s shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds described the scenes at the airport as “incredibly worrying”.
He added that claiming government ownership “goes from one crisis to another”: “They are incredibly concerned that, without any social distance, there is no risk of spreading even more strains of this vicious virus.”
“Ministers need to get a grip on protecting the health of our country.”
A government spokesman said, “Ensuring social distance to the site is up to individual airports.”
But Heathrow said the Border Force was actually responsible for enforcing the rules.
The airport said the two-meter rule within airports was never possible: “We have made it clear since last May that social exclusion in the airport environment is not really possible.
“To put this in context, you can say 300 if you have a plane. You will need a 1km long queue to socially exclude a plane, which is why we forced face masks at the airport last summer.”
The government insists that the Border Force “increases enforcement”, with fines of up to சோதனை 500 for violating the new negative test rule.
At a Downing Street news conference on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that travel restrictions be tightened amid fears. The new variant of the virus is very dangerous.
“We do not want to jeopardize the return of a new variant (virus control efforts),” he said.
This means that people at airport hotels must complete their 10-day self-isolation – as opposed to being allowed to travel to their home or destination in the first place, it has been reported.
The government’s travel corridor plan was canceled earlier this month, meaning that every person arriving in the UK by air, boat or train must be isolated for 10 days – except for a limited number of exemptions.
Ministers decided to ban all travel to Brazil and Portugal after the new COVID-19 variant was identified there.
On Friday, Portugal reconsidered the move, with recent cases of the UK second variant rising dramatically.