Brit on Crete holiday says ‘it feels safer’ than UK as it’s added to red list

A Briton in Greece has said she feels more comfortable in Crete than in the UK after the island was included in the UK's coronavirusquarantine policy.

"We've felt 100% safer here than back in Leeds as all employees are wearing masks and areas are a lot less crowded," Beth Maybury, 24, from Leeds said.

Ms Maybury, who will return to the UK before the quarantine deadline, added: "Bars etc just seem a lot quieter, the hotel seems not even at half capacity so there's plenty of room round the pool/beach. There just seems to be a lot more awareness in terms of masks too.

"We live near the White Rose (shopping centre) in Leeds which has been consistently heaving throughout with people ignoring social distancing measures while out shopping and going out to eat.

"I've been nervous going out for food or drinks in the UK because it's too busy with no one following rules which is (the) polar opposite to how I feel here.

"I've worked all throughout lockdown as I'm a key worker and I've been so nervous to do anything outside of work. I've had to fly four hours to feel comfortable doing anything.

The government has announced new quarantine rules for seven Greek islands after a rise in cases.

  • Coronavirus alert as eight test positive for virus on flight from Crete

The new rule comes in to play this Wednesday at 4am meaning anyone returning to England from the selected islands will have to self isolate for 14 days.

The announcement from Transport Secretary and Hertfordshire MP Grant Shapps has once again put thousands of holiday plans into chaos.

From Wednesday, September 9, at 4am, Brits returning to England from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos will have to self isolate.

Whilst those returning from mainland Greece won't.

Last week it was reported eight teenagers tested positive for coronavirus following holidays to the Greek island of Crete.

The teens tested positive after arriving back in the UK on Wizz Air's flight 8168 from Heraklion to Luton Airport on August 25.

Budget airline Wizz Air stated that the relevant health authorities "have been informed" following the positive Covid-19 virus results.

The eight teens involved were part of a group of 12 who visited the Greek island for ten days.

Those affected have been ordered to self isolate by the Department of Health and Social Care.

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