Holidays outlawed in UK from Monday with £5,000 fine for escaping the country

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BRITS face an official holiday ban in law from Monday – with the risk of a £5,000 for escaping.

Under new Covid laws, which were published by ministers today, people across the country will be officially banned from leaving the country without a reasonable excuse.

Holidays will specifically be outlawed with new laws coming in on Monday

Previously the holiday ban was implied, as it was not on one of the reasons people are allowed to leave their homes.

The new laws come in on Monday as part of lockdown rules being lifted, but effectively there’s no big change for holidays as they are already banned.

People will face a fine of £5,000 for breaking the new law, however.

Brits already have to also fill out a form if they do want to leave the country, stating their permitted reason to do so, or they will face a £200 fine for not having the right paperwork.

Brits already have to also fill out a form if they do want to leave the country, stating their permitted reason to do so, or they will face a £200 fine for not having the right paperwork.

Anxious Tory MPs are worried that ministers will tear up plans to allow foreign holidays again from May 17.

With the EU facing a deadly third Covid wave thanks to their woeful vaccination programme, MPs fear the borders could stay up for months to come.

One backbencher warned: “If they don’t reopen international travel in May then there will be absolute carnage at airports and for the communities that rely on them.

“There is a significant lobby in this country who think air travel is evil and are out to use this pandemic to try to destroy it.

“But it would be devastating for the many airport workers.”

Another Tory said airports have become “ghost towns” and are “screaming out” for a firm timeline to reopen.

If they do not get one, then Chancellor Rishi Sunak will come under massive pressure to stump up cash for an aviation sector bailout, they said.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 laws come into force on March 29.

According to the legal document: “The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse (regulation 8).”

The law says no-one may “leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom” without a reasonable excuse.

 

Human rights barrister Adam Wagner, who deciphers the lockdown rules on Twitter for the public, said: “Previously, the ‘holiday ban’ which the government had advertised was assumed rather than explicit – because going on holiday wasn’t a reasonable excuse, it was assumed you couldn’t be outside of your home to do so. But now it is explicit.”

The need for the restrictions must be reviewed by April 12, and at least once every 35 days thereafter, the legal papers say.

The laws expire on June 30, unless they are scrapped or amended in the meantime.

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