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UK eases quarantine rules for travelers

Tourists stand near the Brandenburg Gate on March 13, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

(CNN) — The UK government has relaxed quarantine rules for travelers from a number of destinations, including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Spain.From July 10, visitors arriving in England from58 selected countries will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The US, China and Portugal are among the destinations that have been left off the list, which is to be kept “under constant review.”While it’s been confirmed this will also apply to those visiting Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland has issued a separate, smaller list made up of 39 countries, with Spain notably absent.”Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses,” Grant Shapps, UK secretary of state for transport, said in a statement last week.”The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watch word and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”

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