Secretary of State Dominic Raab confirmed that he would stay at home this summer, as he wanted to avoid becoming the last minister to break the government’s travel restrictions on Spain.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is currently taking a break in Spain and will have to isolate himself on return for 14 days after the UK’s most popular holiday destination was removed from the safe list of travel destinations on Saturday.
London Minister Paul Scully will also have to be quarantined after stating on social media that he was vacationing in Playa Dorada, Lanzarote.
I spoke to Grant Shapps yesterday afternoon and … he acknowledged that we must take these measures to protect the countrySecretary of State Dominic Raab
He posted an image of a drink on Instagram with the caption, ‘Best turn to gin. I can still work. Just don’t shop or run, I guess #quarantine. “
Mr. Raab told Sky News Sophy Ridge. Sunday there was an “element of uncertainty this summer when people go abroad” and that he had chosen to stay there.
“I am not going to tell people what they can and cannot do, they have to follow the advice, I will stay at home this summer,” he said.
“We have a lot about it, so that’s actually a personal decision.”
The Prime Minister said that Mr Shapps understood the need to carry out strict controls on those coming to the UK from Spain.
According to The Sunday Times, Mr. Shapps, whose section formally announced the change of rules, had to call in from Spain to discuss the change of guidance with cabinet colleagues on Saturday.
“I think it shows you the risk to everyone,” said Mr. Raab, when asked about his response to Mr. Shapps “being trapped in his own quarantine.”
“I spoke to Grant Shapps yesterday afternoon and it shows that we have taken quick action that we can take in real time.
“Like everyone else, I think he empathized with many other people who experienced that, but of course he acknowledged, and we as the decision-makers recognize that we must take these measures to protect the country.
“If we get through the easing of the lockdown, if you look at the strategy, if you look at what we’ve been saying all along, we should be able to take targeted action when the virus flares up.
“If we can do it locally, we no longer need to do it nationwide.”