Holidaymakers may have to take extra two weeks holiday from work if they travel abroad

HOLIDAYMAKERS may have to take four weeks off for a two week break in the sun under new coronavirus rules.

All travellers arriving into the UK, including Brits, will soon have the quarantine the prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed tonight in his address to the nation.

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Mr Johnson set out his plan for a three-step road to recovery for the UK as it battles against coronavirus.

He said: ." prevent re-infection from abroad, I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air."

The rules are believed to exclude ports, meaning you could arrive and return by Eurostar or ferry to get around the rules.

It means that holidaymakers will be forced to self isolate for two weeks or face a possible £1,000 fine or deportation.

Under the rules, passengers will have to give an address when arriving in the UK which will be where they will quarantine for two weeks.

This means that for a two week holiday Brits may have to take four weeks off work.

The new rules are expected to come into place from early June and won’t affect people coming to the UK from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

This weekend the airline industry warned the strict new rules would “kill international travel” to and from the UK and cause “immeasurable” damage to the aviation industry and UK’s economy.

In a video message tonight the PM said:

  • Urged Brits to get back to work if they can't from home
  • Revealed Brits would be allowed to sunbathe in parks and play unlimited sport from Wednesday – and can go on day trips
  • Said anyone coming into the country by air would be forced to quarantine
  • Schools will start going back from June – but only if the infection level is low enough
  • But he warned that pubs, cinemas and mass gatherings would be off the cards for months to come

Most employees who work a five day week must have at least 28 days’ paid holiday a year under current government rules.

This is around 5.6 weeks of holiday.

Part-time workers are entitled to at least 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday, depending on how many days they work.

So, if you work three days a week, you must get at least 16.8 days’ leave a year.

It's unclear how employers will have to interpret these rules and whether staff will be allowed to work from home.


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