Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on Grant Shapps’ Written Ministerial Statement confirming Air Bridges with other countries will be brought in said “Labour has been clear we needed to replace the blunt 14-day quarantine. It was brought in extremely late after millions of passengers had already entered the UK without any such restrictions and the damage and uncertainty created by its introduction without a clear exit strategy was significant and puts further jobs at risk.
“Going forward ‘air bridges’ is the right starting point, provided it can be done safely but it cannot be the only intervention. While it is logical that countries with lower infection reproduction rates present less risk, it is a fact that countries do not carry the virus; individuals do.
“It is vital therefore that in the published plan there is a full range of measures which could include pre-screening arrangements before departure, temperature scanning in airports, isolation zones, as well as an effective 48-hour or less test in the UK supported by a robust contact tracing scheme.”