It appears that the UK Government is on target to clamp down on people arriving in to the country. The UK Press reports that they are already in talks with hotel chains to secure rooms to accommodate people forcibly quarantined at the airport hotels. Until then, arrivals can designate where they will quarantine with checks supposedly being undertaken.
The new proposal is that arrivals, regardless of whether they come with the required negative COVID test or not, will be required to quarantine, at their expense, for 10 days. At present you can take a COVID test after 5 days and leave the isolation premises. This appears to be gone as an option under the new proposals.
There is even a suggestion that arrivals will have a GPS Tag – currently reserved for people on bail or convicted criminals – fitted for the duration. Other proposals is to stop all arrivals, although how this impacts the right of UK Nationals and Residents to return to their normal place of residence is unclear.
Rules are to be finalised on Monday by ministers.
There are pictures of continuing large queues at UK Immigration with waits of 60-90 minutes reported by arrivals.