Airlines Say There is ‘No Scientific Evidence’ to Support Mandatory Quarantine Hotel Decision

British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic have criticised the Government's plans to introduce hotel quarantine saying there is 'no scientific evidence' to support the decision

British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic have criticised the Government’s plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from ‘high risk’ destinations.

In an open letter to the Prime Minister, airline executives said they had ‘seen no compelling scientific evidence’ to support the idea of hotel quarantine, and called on Boris Johnson to discuss financial support for the industry.

The letter states: “Policy should be based on evidence… and we have seen no compelling scientific evidence that introducing a policy potentially of blanket quarantine in hotels, is necessary in addition to measures only recently introduced.

“We request the opportunity to discuss both an exit plan and a bespoke support package with you urgently, at a time of your convenience.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (January 27) confirmed that arrivals from 22 different countries will have to quarantine in Government-provided hotels “without exception”.

The restrictions will apply to arrivals from South America and southern Africa, as well as Portugal.