Business leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire have voiced concerns over the Government’s quarantine policy as firms look to open up international markets again.
The Government has confirmed that there will be a 14-day quarantine for all air passengers arriving into the UK due to Coronavirus.
Ajay Desai, International Trade Director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “There is certainly a feeling among the companies we are talking to that they are keen to resume international travel where it is safe and necessary to do so.
“In many instances, trade shows and exhibitions have been cancelled – quite understandably – over recent months due to the Coronavirus which has put a block on many trade opportunities.
“The opportunity to speak to and ‘meet’ people virtually has proved to be a massive benefit in recent weeks but businesses are telling us they still need to be able to get out and meet face-to-face – especially when it is potentially looking at winning new business.
“The quarantine rules make that extremely difficult and do need to be looked at, particularly with the needs of businesses who trade abroad being taken into consideration.
“To get our economy moving again, overseas trade is going to be crucial so a solution needs to be found that supports international trade but also puts health and safety as its number one priority.”
Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Business communities in the UK and around the world remain concerned by the Government’s decision to impose a blanket quarantine on international arrivals.
“The safe re-establishment of connections to key markets and trade partners must now be a top priority for the Government. ‘Air bridges’ must be put in place swiftly for the sake of the many industries and livelihoods that depend on the UK’s connectivity across the world. Any review process should consult widely with affected business communities all across the UK.
“Co-ordinated checks at departure and arrival airports, together with other internationally-agreed safety measures, would alleviate the need for a blanket quarantine affecting arrivals from every country around the world.”