Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Friday, January 08, 2021
New Border controls
The government has announced additional mandatory measures at the border, so that people will need to provide a negative coronavirus test before entry into the UK. This will help control the coronavirus as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out at pace over the coming weeks.
Britain already has significant measures in place to prevent imported cases of Covid-19, but with new strains of the virus developing internationally – such as in Denmark and South Africa – we must take further precautions now.
From next week, people entering the UK from abroad will be required to present a negative coronavirus test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. People will also still be required to self-isolate for ten days, regardless of their test result, as an additional layer of safety, if they are arriving from countries not on the Travel Corridor list.
This will provide a further line of defence, helping control the virus as Britain rolls out the vaccine at pace over the coming weeks.