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As the coronavirus cases in the UK falls, the government is now increasing its focus on international travelers by introducing a new border policy to mitigate the threat posed by imported cases, as it sets to resume international transit for passengers.

The policy include a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, except one is part of the short exemption list. As announced, a breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine which could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases.

“As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border. We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave,” said Priti Patel, Home Secretary.

“I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.”

Due to the critical nature of data center and associated services, especially amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the government of UK did not just included data infrastructure workers in the short exemption list but also dedicated 3 items to explain its scope.

Here are the items that specify the scope of data infrastructure professionals exempted from the compulsory isolation requirement:

  • A person involved in essential maintenance and repair of data infrastructure required to reduce and resolve outages, or in the provision of goods and services to support these activities;
  • an information technology or telecommunications professional whose expertise is required to provide an essential or emergency response to threats and incidents relating to the security of any network and information system and ensure the continued operation of any network and information system;
  • a person who is engaged in urgent or essential work on electronic communications networks.

The new regulation will become effective from 8 June, and the government also stated that exempted travelers should still follow the same rules as people who live in the UK, which includes social distancing guidelines.