Newspaper headlines: Quarantine hotels plan and holidays 'under threat'

By BBC News
Staff

Published
image copyrightEPA

"Looks like it's Bognor again, dear," is the Sun's take on the likelihood of plans for quarantine hotels being introduced for UK arrivals. Travel experts say the move will cost families at least £1,000 extra and "wreck plans for foreign breaks".

The Guardian says the policy is part of a "more cautious approach" following England's third lockdown. Details still to be finalised include whether "test to release" will apply - which currently frees travellers from self-isolation at home if they test negative after five days.

The Daily Telegraph and the i both report that the cabinet is split over the policy.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, is said to be "fighting" for hotel quarantine to only apply to Brazil and South Africa. Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Home Secretary Priti Patel reportedly want all travellers to be subject to the measure.

Quarantine also has the backing of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, according to the Spectator. Perhaps even more crucially, its online edition says that Conservative MPs "are currently broadly supportive" because they believe it is a fair exchange for greater freedoms internally.

The Daily Mail editorial says the prospect of seeing arrivals "herded to a budget hotel by coach and detained for 10 days" raises deeply troubling questions. It asks how long such draconian measures will last and what it will take for them to be lifted.

"Better late than never," is view of the Times in its leader, as it expresses its support for a policy it deems "painful but necessary". The paper says while the UK's airline and tourism sectors will lose out, it would be inexcusable to jeopardise "world-beating" progress on vaccines by opening borders to mutations of the virus.

"Brussels threatens to block vaccine," is the headline of the Daily Telegraph's main story. It reports that Britain's supply of the Belgian Pfizer jab is in jeopardy after UK-based AstraZeneca said it could only deliver a fraction of its order for the EU.

Ministers apparently believe stock from Pfizer could be "at best" delayed by extra paperwork as the EU looks to retaliate. MPs think the row is part of the EU's attempts to deflect blame away from their failure to get a vaccination scheme off the ground, with one senior Conservative calling the bloc's response "childish and spiteful".

"We just want to go back to school," is the plea from children on the front of the Daily Mirror. A survey conducted by the paper has found that 70% of children believe their health and future have been negatively affected by lockdown.

These children's wishes could soon come true, according to the Times. It reports that government advisers have concluded primary schools can safely reopen after half-term if cases continue to fall.

And finally, the Sun says parts of the new James Bond film are going to have to be re-filmed because the delays in its release have caused the spy's technology to become out of date.

"Old-tech Bond back in the Q," is the paper's headline, in a nod to one of the famous characters in the franchise. An insider has suggested while some scenes can be "very carefully edited", sponsors will expect their lucrative deals to be properly honoured.