Eros Stock – England hit with familiar tournament fear as bold Scotland frustrate in Euro 2020 draw
There could be no travelling England fans at their potential European Championship quarter-final in Rome after Italy imposed five days of coronavirus quarantine on British holidaymakers.
Supporters heading from the UK to the game were already facing having to self-isolate for up to 10 days upon their return under Government Covid-19 rules.
But that was compounded yesterday after Italy announced tough new measures to come into effect from Monday amid rising rates of the disease in Britain.
The Telegraph has been told Gareth Southgate and his England players would be exempt from quarantine were they to end up travelling to Rome for a Euro 2020 quarter-final on July 3.
But any fans wishing to join them are almost certain to have to self-isolate, which could end any prospect of the team being cheered on at the Stadio Olimpico.
England supporters were already facing having to decide whether or not to attend a potential quarter-final tie, with doing so meaning they would not be allowed to go to the Wembley semi-finals and final.
Italy’s new rules were announced yesterday by its health minister, Roberto Speranza, who wrote on Facebook that he had “signed a new order” that would “introduce a five-day quarantine with swab obligation for those from Great Britain”.
The order allows entry for visitors from elsewhere in the European Union, plus the United States, Canada and Japan, provided they have a Covid-19 digital green pass.
Until now, travel to Italy has been fairly straightforward for British tourists.
As of May 16, there has been no quarantine stipulation, with travellers from the UK only required to present a negative Covid rapid antigenic or molecular swab test, taken no more than 48 hours before travel, in order to board a flight.
However, Italy remains on the UK’s amber list, necessitating a 10-day quarantine for travellers returning from there, plus a package of three Covid tests.