According to a report from the Sun, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is proposing that arrivals to the UK have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine period of ten days.
Under the current restrictions, the government has placed 33 countries on a so-called ‘red list’ which means travellers returning to the UK have to go directly from the airport and into quarantine.
There is currently no elite sport exemption and if the restrictions are extended to cover arrivals from every country then they could affect England’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
Gareth Southgate’s side are scheduled to face San Marino, Albania and Poland next month and, if the rules are changed, it could cause chaos, with away sides and returning England players needing to spend ten days in quarantine.
The Sun even claims that the games could be forfeited, with England taking a 3-0 loss and their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being ‘severely dented’.
The proposal will be debated and could then be voted on but the results of the vote do not automatically mean there will be a change to government policy.
A Labour spokesman said: “Labour’s proposals outlined do include scope for exemptions, we have asked the Government to provide all of the basis or the decisions around exemptions.
“Every effort should be made to allow elite international sport to continue, through quarantine exemption, although the key priority has to be against importing a strain of the virus that is resistant to the vaccine.”
The current restrictions are set to have an effect on the upcoming Formula One season, with races due to take place in Brazil and Abu Dhabi towards the end of the year.
Those countries are currently on the government’s so-called ‘red list’ but organisers are said to be hopeful that by the time they take place the restrictions will have been lifted.