Readers voted in our poll on whether foreign tycoons should be exempt from quarantine rules when arriving in England if their trip is likely to be of significant economic benefit to the UK. Some 86 percent of respondents said no, while just 14 percent said yes.
Commenting on this website, one reader fumed: “There is one rule for them and one for us.”
Another said: “Why should I have to quarantine after returning from Portugal (who have stricter rules than us) if business people do not?”
A third blasted: “No quarantine for business leaders! The message is that they can spread the disease and their victims lives are worth less.”
Another wrote: “I’m a business leader and treat all people the same.”
A fifth commented: “No exceptions for anyone, if it applies to one it applies to all.”
But another backed business chiefs being exempt from quarantine, commenting: “Business now to create jobs as we exit COVID, so yes!”
Our poll comes after the Government announced company executives planning to travel to England to make a “financial investment in a UK-based business” or for “establishing a new business within the UK” will be exempt from quarantine rules.
The Department for Business said: “This exemption is designed to enable activity that creates and preserves UK jobs and investment, while taking steps to ensure public health risks are minimised.”
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Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner slammed the move.
Ms Rayner said: “It is the lowest-paid working people who have got our country through this crisis, risking their lives on the front line.
“This is an offensive slap in the face for them and shows this Government’s true colours.
“Yet again it is one rule for those at the top and another for everyone else.
“This makes a total mockery of the sacrifices of the British people during this pandemic and this double standard is an insult to frontline workers that the British people will rightly be disgusted by.”
Express.co.uk polled 1,566 people from 1-2 July.