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So that's it then, France is off! Quarantine from Sunday 4.00am

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B9exchange Thu 13-Aug-20 22:57:46

We were so hoping to be able to go, it was an isolated house in a very low CV area, but that's it we have to cancel house, flights, car hire etc and hope to get something back or move to next year. I know it is sensible if numbers are rising, and it was a bit of a gamble of course, but it gave us something to look forward to, and it is a big disappointment.

Anyone else in the same position?

EDIT by GNHQ: OP requested we point out that the title should read Saturday 4am.

welbeck Thu 13-Aug-20 23:11:40

are you still working then, ie not able to keep quarantine when you return.

B9exchange Thu 13-Aug-20 23:21:37

It's the childcare, we look after grandchildren, picking them up from school while parents are at work. It wouldn't be fair to leave them in the lurch.

They also talk about France retaliating, so it wouldn't be much fun spending the holiday in quarantine and coming back to more of the same!

anna7 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:36:05

We are supposed to be going on Tuesday. Our own caravan in a remote area and we can isolate when we return but really don't know what to do. Husband is not in atm so I haven't had chance to speak to him yet. If France retaliate we will definitely not go but I haven't heard anything about that.

MawB Thu 13-Aug-20 23:38:01

I was sort of debating the following, but I think my decision has been vindicated now!

I had been invited to a family lunch about 120 miles away later this month for my niece’s 21st birthday at her father’s flat.
I have expressed my regrets but declined. Why?
1) niece has stayed on at university in her student house even though teaching stopped with lockdown - I can’t believe much social distancing went on as she is a total party animal to say the least (seriously, her social life is eye watering, but fortunately she is extremely bright and knows how to cram when necessary)
2) she stayed there because she certainly did not want to be locked down with her 70 year-old father and no social life
3) when she came home last week she was going to a friend’s 21st party in London
4) then flying to Nice to have a holiday in the South of France with her mother and stepfather
5) the lunch was planned for shortly after she flies home next weekend, the 22/23 in her father’s flat - indoors, no garden
6) there are bound to be more people there than the current indoor guidelines allow
All of these make me decide to take a rain check for I hope obvious reasons.
(In addition I really didn’t want to go by train and even less to drive all that way on my own)
The latest news reassures me I was right!
Frankly, it won’t happen now anyway but ticked so many “no” boxes even without quarantine!

maddyone Fri 14-Aug-20 00:03:14

It’s the right decision Maw, too many ifs, buts, whys, and wherefores. In other words, too many risk factors.

We are disappointed about the quarantine for France coming in. Firstly, and mainly my poor daughter and her family were booked to go to a private villa near the Pyrenees. They’ve already cancelled one holiday due to Covid19 and booked this before there was any mention of quarantine. They’re both doctors, have worked extremely hard and many extra hours over the last six months, and they really need a holiday. She is absolutely gutted. They were supposed to be going in one week. They can’t go and just do quarantine, doctors can’t, and the children are starting a new school in September, so they can’t really miss the first two weeks. I’m so sorry for them. They do so need and deserve a holiday and some quality family time.

As for us, we’ve had to cancel two holidays due to Covid19 so thought we’ll pop over to France, use our own car and the ferry, and take a holiday cottage in Normandy, which hasn’t got high R rate, and we could eat at the cottage, only need to visit a supermarket, and just enjoy some walks and quiet sightseeing. Doesn’t look like we’ll go. We could do the quarantine in September when we won’t have childcare, but DH says the insurance will be invalid. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

merlotgran Fri 14-Aug-20 00:18:55

It hasn't gone away. It's still out there.

Don't book a holiday.

Simples!

Rosannie Fri 14-Aug-20 00:44:51

We had to cancel Italy and Tenerife way back at the beginning of March. I'm so glad that we seized the opportunity to book a week in Tenby. We go on Saturday and sun, rain or snow I am so going to enjoy the sea and the change of scenery in Great Britain

Grammaretto Fri 14-Aug-20 04:41:34

Why is a holiday absolutely necessary?
My DSis and BiL set off to France as if there is no pandemic. They justify it to themselves.
Can't we go without just once? It would seem not.

Lucca Fri 14-Aug-20 05:35:27

Damn, my family due back Saturday.

Lucca Fri 14-Aug-20 05:39:47

It’s 4.00 am Saturday by the way I think. Not Sunday.

Ellianne Fri 14-Aug-20 06:49:59

You are correct Lucca. 4 am Saturday.

Ellianne Fri 14-Aug-20 07:02:15

Quelle surprise, not! The writing was on the wall a while back, I think it was mentioned several times in posts on here. I am disappointed too, but philosophical. The situation is fragile and I guess we have to expect and accept that these announcements will come at anytime. France is in discussion whether to retaliate, if that's the right word.

Urmstongran Fri 14-Aug-20 07:26:36

Our family has dubbed this ‘Covid year’ and all plans (a 40th birthday this Christmas, holidays to Spain & Germany to see extended family) have been put on hold. They’ve all decided not to risk it for a biscuit. Our youngest daughter just said she wasn’t doing abroad this year - yes it’s all about the economy and she wasn’t prepared to use her children as guinea pigs so trips out on nice days instead! She said ‘one year without a holiday who cares?’

Hopefully next year things might be more relaxing and plans can be made.

Lucca Fri 14-Aug-20 07:29:21

Why the 4 a.m.? Instead of standard midnight cut off? Any VIPs flying in in the early hours ?!

Lucca Fri 14-Aug-20 07:35:03

I guess GNHQ will change the thread title ?

Urmstongran Fri 14-Aug-20 07:43:59

Our family has dubbed this ‘Covid year’ and all plans (a 40th birthday this Christmas, holidays to Spain & Germany to see extended family) have been put on hold. They’ve all decided not to risk it for a biscuit.

Our youngest daughter just said she wasn’t doing abroad this year - said ‘it’s all about the economy’ and that she wasn’t prepared to use her children as guinea pigs so has been enjoying trips out on the nice days instead. She said ‘one year without a holiday abroad - so what?’.

Hopefully next year things might be more relaxing and plans can be made.

If you choose to fly this year you pays yer money and yer takes yer chance! Everyone knows the risks.

Ellianne Fri 14-Aug-20 07:48:52

Why the 4 a.m.? Instead of standard midnight cut off? Any VIPs flying in in the early hours ?!
Yes, a very odd time Lucca. I can only assume it's because they said they would give 30 hours' notice, and if you count back I guess this is when the announcement comes into force.

H1954 Fri 14-Aug-20 07:53:38

I can't help thinking, had the Government imposed stricter regulations from the outset CV cases in the U.K. would have been far less. Quite why people are moaning about quarantine regulations being stepped up is beyond me! My holiday was cancelled, I put up with it, rather be safe than very sick or risk the chance of passing CV on to others.
The sooner these selfish individuals who think it's ok to go off on a jolly because "they can" is beyond me. It's not the fact that they might be staying in a remote area in another country in their own caravan/tent/motorhome, it's the travelling to and fro, it's the shopping trips for essential supplies, it's the possibility of having an accident and requiring medical attention; all those actions would put people in contact with others!!!!!
Use your brain, practice common sense and STAY AT HOME!

Elegran Fri 14-Aug-20 08:02:54

I am so glad I have no plans to go anywhere at the moment.

BlueBelle Fri 14-Aug-20 08:07:18

I might be an old spoilsport but I think if everyone had forgone their holidays abroad this year we would be in a lot better position than we are now
A family relative at the beginning of lockdown, just got back from overseas holiday on last plane out. was convinced they d had the virus as been very ill on holiday with all the symptoms (before testing) Got back to U.K. and went straight out to get the weeks groceries in ....... say no more

MellowYellow Fri 14-Aug-20 08:22:09

Head above the parapet here but we don't 'need' holidays abroad right now. We need to stay safe and alive. Holidays are a luxury not an essential and one day we will be able to indulge again, yippee, and I look forward to doing that too, but right now I can't understand why people think they're entitled to go abroad. Sorry, but this really gets my goat. angry

Cabbie21 Fri 14-Aug-20 09:11:59

My daughter came back a week ago from France, so lucky. They were camping in the mountains and felt very safe, but when they stayed overnight in a hotel on their way home they were treated very curtly by the French, as if they were contagious. Yet if they had caught the virus it would have been in France!
So glad we have no plans to go anywhere. It is just not worth it. I know it is galling if people lose money but quarantine is sensible and long overdue.

Ellianne Fri 14-Aug-20 09:16:31

The French do have strange manners sometimes, but they really need British tourists too.

sodapop Fri 14-Aug-20 09:24:16

France has responded by putting the same quarantine rules in place for people from UK. Infection rates have risen quite sharply here and its probably due to tourism. People from abroad and French people from areas with a high Covid rate holidaying elsewhere.