First-hand: The perplexing state of being in quarantine
I can go to Italy but cannot walk the dog.
Days into a fortnight-long quarantine after a visit to Portugal, nobody it seems will prevent me from leaving the UK again.
Authorities can knock on my door any time during my self-isolation to check I am adhering to the rules or call me on a number stated on my passenger locator form that I submitted on re-entry to UK soil at London’s Stansted airport.
Holidaymakers and travellers to the UK from Spain, South Africa, Luxembourg, the US and several other countries face the same plight. On Saturday Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas became the latest to be removed from the government’s “travel corridor” list, which includes about 75 countries that are exempt from self-isolation rules. Other countries, such as France, Netherlands, Malta and Germany, face a rising case count.
“In England you must only exercise within your home or garden. You cannot leave your home to walk your dog,” the government guidelines state.
However, the self-isolation helpline operator assured me that nobody will stop me from going to another country during my quarantine, which will end at