‘Overreaction’ is most often used word to describe the severe quarantine measures imposed after COVID-19. The way the government handled the virus may be far from ideal. But the mistakes are acknowledged and some of the strict regulations reversed. Such are ridiculous travel restriction. Thanks to lawsuits from the British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all travellers is cancelled.
British aviation group IAG, parent company of British Airways and Iberia, among others, is withdrawing its lawsuit against the British government over the plans for mandatory quarantine of passengers due to the corona virus. The airline came to that decision after the British government lifted the isolation obligation. The two-week quarantine will no longer apply to people travelling to England from fifty countries from 10 July.
The lawsuit will go into the bin once the eases officially take effect, said IAG attorney Tom Hickman. Just before the hearing started on Friday, Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced that it would relax the quarantine obligations.
Many aviation and travel companies were not happy with the UK’s mandatory quarantine obligation. Budget flyers easyJet and Ryanair, among others, supported the lawsuit of IAG. Even John Aston, the British government’s scientific advisor, criticized the policy. He found that a mandatory two-week isolation should only be imposed on people arriving from countries where the coronavirus is more prevalent than in the United Kingdom. Which is a rare case, to be honest.