04 Sep Coronavirus: English tourists cheer after quarantine decision – but for others it comes too late | World News
Tourists had been waiting for the news on quarantine all day and when it came there were cheers on the beach in the Algarve resort of Almancil.
That’s because pretty much all of the holidaymakers on the sun loungers had travelled to Portugal from England and now they knew they wouldn’t have to face self-isolation when they got home.
People told us the news from Westminster had made their day and that they’d be celebrating.
One man told us he had considered paying £1,000 this week for a flight to get out in case tourists returning to England were required to quarantine.
He’s very, very glad he didn’t get his credit card out now.
But it wasn’t all cause for cheer.
Travellers returning to Wales and Scotland will have to quarantine, but even among those from England who you might think had no cause for complaint there were people with real grievances.
And that’s because the expectation for days was that England would also impose quarantine.
And that led people who simply had to avoid it to cut short holidays, spend a fortune on flights, and split up families.
One man told us he was in Portugal for a family gathering.
He went ahead of his wife and children but they cancelled their flights out because they were convinced they would have to quarantine on the way back and the kids needed to go back to school.
Wider family members did arrive in Portugal but got nervous and spent hundreds of pounds changing their tickets to escape before any quarantine announcement.
Turns out, they didn’t need to alter their plans at all.
We met a talented 15-year-old tennis player who was in Portugal for a tournament.
She was worried about self-isolation when she got back to England because it would interfere with her training.
Was she pleased with the news it wouldn’t happen? Yes.
But it turns out her father and three bothers had flown back-paying extra for tickets – cutting precious family time short.
The days of uncertainty running up to the announcement had created nervousness and a degree of panic, and led some people to feel they couldn’t take the chance of being confined to home in England for two weeks.
You can only imagine how those who were part of that great escape are feeling now.