The United Kingdom will announce the details of its 14-day mandatory quarantine for international travelers later today, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky News.
The new arrangements will be explained by Home Secretary Priti Patel at the daily coronavirus press briefing, Lewis said.
“We’re a country that welcomes people from all over the world. But it is appropriate that we say that if you’re coming to the United Kingdom, we need to protect your own health and the health of the people of the United Kingdom,” he said.
“And the best way to do that is to ensure people do go through that quarantine period to ensure they have no symptoms and are not able to add to the spread of the virus.”
He added that British citizens will be able to complete the quarantine at home.
Airlines and airport operators have previously warned that a 14-day quarantine will cause significant economic damage to the UK’s tourism and travel industries.