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    <p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Ministers are still hammering out the details of plans for ‘quarantine hotels’ for travellers arriving in the UK today amid warnings that they would bankrupt the UK’s travel industry and ruin the summer plans of millions of Britons.</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>British holidaymakers have cancelled their 2021 summer breaks abroad and European beaches are empty today ahead of an expected decision tonight to introduce an Australian-style system that would see them locked up on their return.   </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Mr Johnson is expected to sign off on plans this evening to divert travellers entering the UK from high-risk Covid countries into hotels to stop new mutant strains of coronavirus like the ones from Brazil and South Africa entering the UK.

    But a decision on whether to expand the plan to those coming from other countries would be delayed.</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>The PM wants to force travellers entering the UK into quarantine hotels for 10 days where guests will change the sheets, empty the bins and be fed airline-style food three times a day while paying £1,500 for the privilege. </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>But there are grave concerns that the scheme will have no fixed end date – causing havoc for businesses – and may take weeks to set up.</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Amid fury from the industry and consumers, a government source told MailOnline the decisions on the plan will ‘go down to the wire’, adding: ‘The meeting will be where the decision is taken. It’s not just rubber stamping.’ </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>They also cautioned that some of those coming in might not be able to pay for their own hotel stay, and there might need to be means-tested support. </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>’There’s a problem with Brits with not a lot of money …

    you can see it coming like a slow motion steamroller.'</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Boris Johnson is due to hold a Downing Street press conference tonight at 6pm ahead of the meeting of the Covid-O committee that will make the decision. </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>It came as Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it was ‘too early’ to book a summer holiday abroad – but some anxious Britons took to social media to admit the warning came too late, with some having bought flights for as early as the half-term holidays in mid-February. </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Paul Charles, chief executive of travel company The PC Agency, said: ‘This is destroying confidence among holidaymakers.

    People are not booking summer holidays because they don’t believe there is an end game which will see these blanket measures removed. </p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>’This is a sure-fire way of destroying Britain’s aviation and travel industries. The Government needs to signal that they will withdraw the hotel quarantine rules by the end of March and return to a system of quarantining arrivals from high-risk areas only.'</p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”>As thousands more holidays were cancelled, it also emerged today:</p><ul class=”mol-bullets-with-font”>

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    </script> </div> </div> </div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Mr Johnson is expected to sign off on plans this evening to divert travellers entering the UK from high-risk Covid countries into hotels to stop new mutant strains of coronavirus like the ones from Brazil and South Africa entering the UK. </div> <noscript> Mr Johnson is expected to sign off on plans this evening to divert travellers entering the UK from high-risk Covid countries into hotels to stop new mutant strains of coronavirus like the ones from Brazil and South Africa entering the UK. </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Mr Johnson is expected to sign off on plans this evening to divert travellers entering the UK from high-risk Covid countries into hotels to stop new mutant strains of coronavirus like the ones from Brazil and South Africa entering the UK.</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> The PM wants to force travellers entering the UK into quarantine hotels for 10 days where guests will change the sheets, empty the bins and be fed airline-style food three times a day while paying £1,500 for the privilege. </div> <noscript> The PM wants to force travellers entering the UK into quarantine hotels for 10 days where guests will change the sheets, empty the bins and be fed airline-style food three times a day while paying £1,500 for the privilege. </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>The PM wants to force travellers entering the UK into quarantine hotels for 10 days where guests will change the sheets, empty the bins and be fed airline-style food three times a day while paying £1,500 for the privilege.</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> A deserted Levante beach in Benidorm today as the Government urged Britons not to book summer holidays in yet another blow for struggling airlines and holiday companies </div> <noscript> A deserted Levante beach in Benidorm today as the Government urged Britons not to book summer holidays in yet another blow for struggling airlines and holiday companies </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>A deserted Levante beach in Benidorm today as the Government urged Britons not to book summer holidays in yet another blow for 인계동가라오케 struggling airlines and holiday companies</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img” style=”height: auto;”> <div class=”image-wrap”> The beautiful Playa de Amadores in Grand Canaria was also similarly quiet this morning </div> <noscript> The beautiful Playa de Amadores in Grand Canaria was also similarly quiet this morning </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>The beautiful Playa de Amadores in Grand 수원가라오케 Canaria was also similarly quiet this morning </p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> The sunny strip in Benidorm today on Spain's Mediterranean coast is hugely popular but was empty of tourists today </div> <noscript> The sunny strip in Benidorm today on Spain's Mediterranean coast is hugely popular but was empty of tourists today </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>The sunny strip in Benidorm today on Spain’s Mediterranean coast is hugely popular but was empty of tourists today</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”><div class=”splitLeft”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Beaches in Lanzerote (left) and Fuerteventura (right) were also deserted today as Brits usually packing out the sand on holiday are set to stay away beyond the summer </div> <noscript> Beaches in Lanzerote (left) and Fuerteventura (right) were also deserted today as Brits usually packing out the sand on holiday are set to stay away beyond the summer </noscript> </div></div><div class=”splitRight”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Beaches in Lanzerote (left) and Fuerteventura (right) were also deserted today as Brits usually packing out the sand on holiday are set to stay away beyond the summer </div> <noscript> Beaches in Lanzerote (left) and Fuerteventura (right) were also deserted today as Brits usually packing out the sand on holiday are set to stay away beyond the summer </noscript> </div></div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>Beaches in Lanzerote (left) and Fuerteventura (right) were also deserted today as Brits usually packing out the sand on holiday are set to stay away beyond the summer</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> The beach in Santa Cruz in Tenerife was also quiet today - as British holidaymakers had their </div> <noscript> The beach in Santa Cruz in Tenerife was also quiet today - as British holidaymakers had their </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>The beach in Santa Cruz in Tenerife was also quiet today – as British holidaymakers had their </p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter mol-hidden-caption” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”></p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”><div class=”splitLeft”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Travellers have cancelled their foreign holidays - or had it done for them - as the new quarantine rules are set to be imposed </div> <noscript> Travellers have cancelled their foreign holidays - or had it done for them - as the new quarantine rules are set to be imposed </noscript> </div></div><div class=”splitRight”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Travellers have cancelled their foreign holidays - or had it done for them - as the new quarantine rules are set to be imposed </div> <noscript> Travellers have cancelled their foreign holidays - or had it done for them - as the new quarantine rules are set to be imposed </noscript> </div></div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>Travellers have cancelled their foreign holidays – or had it done for them – as the new quarantine rules are set to be imposed</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>Arrivals, such as those at Heathrow (pictured: Arrivals at Heathrow) will be taken by bus to the accommodation where they stay at their own expense for ten days under the supervision of security guards</p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter” style=”style”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>The UK yesterday recorded another 30,004 Covid cases, down almost a quarter on last Sunday, and a further 610 deaths </p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter mol-hidden-caption” style=”style”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>But with some 97,939 deaths now recorded, Britain is set to hit the grim milestone of 100,000 lives lost since the start of the pandemic.

    It will be the fifth country to do so after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico. </p></div><div class=”mol-img-group xwArtSplitter mol-hidden-caption” style=”style”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> </div> <noscript> </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”></p></div><div class=”art-ins mol-factbox news halfRHS” data-version=”2″ id=”mol-3d1da920-5fb7-11eb-8317-c5319f77ef9a” website hotel guests will have to change their own bed sheets

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