England announced new quarantine exemptions for “high-value” business travellers, performing arts professionals, journalists and certain others, meaning they do not have to self-isolate on arrival in the country.
As things stand, all passengers arriving in England from abroad are required to self-isolate for 14 days, unless they are coming from a country included on a safe travel list available on the UK government website.
“From 4am on Sat 5th December, high-value business travellers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to England from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply,” transport minister Grant Shapps said on Twitter.
“Certain performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists, and recently signed elite sportspersons will also be exempt, subject to specific criteria being met.”
In a more detailed statement, the Department for Transport said that the high-value business exemption would apply to people undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the UK economy. That includes activity that creates or preserves 50 or more UK jobs, it said.
People will only be exempt when undertaking the specific business activity and will only be able to meet with others as required by that specific activity.
“Exemptions will also come into force at the same time for domestic and international performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists, and recently signed elite sportspersons, ensuring that industries which require specific, high talent individuals who rely on international connections can continue to complete their work,” the ministry said.