(CNN) – The UK has imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France after the country recorded a sharp rise in Covid-19 issues.
From Saturday at 4 GMT, anyone arriving in the UK from France will have to be isolated for two weeks or risk being fined up to $ 1,200.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps discussed the news during an interview on the BBC Breakfast on Friday.
“We have worked so hard in this country to reduce our infection rates, the last thing we want to do is get people back and bring the infection with them. It̵7;s to protect everyone,” he said.
According to Shapps, there are around 160,000 British holidaymakers currently in France who will be affected by the decision.
Many will now try to return home ahead of schedule in an effort to avoid mandatory quarantine.
The move was officially announced late Thursday night by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. However, rumors of the rule change are growing by the day due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in France.
A senior government source told CNN on Thursday morning that Johnson was considering putting the announcement ahead from Friday through Thursday, reportedly asking councilors “what is the difference” if the announcement came the day before.
The Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Turks & Caicos and Aruba have also been removed.
The destinations included are those that propose “a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens”, according to the UK Department of Transport.