Sir Rod Stewart has been seen mocking the government’s decision to impose quarantine on holidaymakers in France upon their return to the UK – even though they are doubly vaccinated.
Maggie May hit-maker, 76, who is currently in France, expressed his frustration via his Instagram story on Sunday as he took in the latest travel tips while reading his copy of the Daily Mail.
Reacting to his front-page news revealing that a 10-day quarantine will still apply to anyone returning from France – although Orange List countries are not required to self-isolate – Rod joked: “Another nice mess “.
‘Nice brothel’: Sir Rod Stewart was seen mocking the government’s decision to impose quarantine on holidaymakers in France upon their return to the UK when reading the Daily Mail – he is currently on vacation there
Rod, who wore a pink and red floral shirt, peeked playfully over his paper – letting his front page take center stage.
He said: ‘French Holiday Chaos. Thousands of British plans ruined as sudden change in Amber List rule keeps double hit in quarantine.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that those returning from France, which is currently an Amber List country, will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day isolation period upon their return to England.
The quarantine will still apply to those who have received both doses of their Covid vaccine.
Mock: The legendary singer, 76, is currently on vacation in France and reacted to changes in restrictions via his Instagram story on Sunday
The relaxation of isolation on return to the UK for all other Amber List countries will not apply to France from Monday (Freedom Day) due to “persistent” cases of the beta variant of the UK. coronavirus.
Anyone who has vacationed in France in the past 10 days will need to self-isolate and take a test on the second and eighth day of their quarantine period.
The confirmation came as Monday saw the lifting of legal restrictions across the country, with face masks no longer mandatory, social distancing removed and the rule of six, or group caps in bars and restaurants, wedding venues and sports stadiums are no longer needed.
All businesses that have been ordered to close due to foreclosure can now reopen, including nightclubs.
In love: Before heading to France, Rod celebrated his 14th wedding anniversary with wife Penny Lancaster, 50, enjoying a romantic boat trip on the Thames
Travel rules, however, remain in place – for arrivals from any other Amber List country, including Portugal, Cyprus and Sweden, they will no longer need to self-quarantine if they have been completely vaccinated and are under 18 years of age.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to self-quarantine.
For countries on the red list, travel is still prohibited and those returning to the UK are required to book a hotel that is quarantined for 10 days.
Green List countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Croatia and Iceland, do not require these to be returned to quarantine – but testing is required before or on the second day after you arrive at UK.
Rod was one of the first to offer to volunteer to receive the coronavirus vaccine, before it was rolled out across the country.
Sun seekers: The couple had previously enjoyed a romantic getaway to Portugal after chartering a private jet to an exclusive Algarve resort for “time alone”
The legendary singer told Piers Morgan he would be happy to have the hit if it could help calm others who had doubts about doing it.
Before leaving Good Morning Britain, Piers revealed on air in December last year: “Yesterday I received an email from Sir Rod Stewart offering his services if we were looking for people to do so, and he was doing it simply as a public gesture.
His wife had mentioned that we talked to Matt Hancock about it and he said, ‘Look, if you think this might help, I’d be happy to volunteer. I thought it was great. ‘
Piers shared at the time: ‘I think the more the really famous people, who have a lot of fans and a lot of followers, the more they are seen taking it … people will think, “if they take it then I feel better.”‘
Since then, it has been reported that over 82.3 million in the UK have been vaccinated, with 54% of people now fully vaccinated after receiving their second dose.
Ahead of his trip to France, Rod was seen celebrating his 14th wedding anniversary with his wife Penny Lancaster, 50.
On the mend: Rod recovered from knee surgery after years of playing football took their toll on his body – he had previously undergone £ 8,000 ankle fusion surgery and replacement full knee
The pair marked the milestone by enjoying a romantic boat trip along the River Thames.
It came a month after the couple chartered a private jet to Portugal for a romantic getaway in May at an exclusive resort in the Algarve.
At the time, Penny told fans on Instagram that the break was “alone time and time to think” for the couple.
Rod, meanwhile, has has slowly recovered from knee surgery after years of football taking their toll on his body. The hitmaker recently had £ 8,000 ankle fusion surgery and a full knee replacement.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun after appearing on crutches when interviewing his wife Penny Lancaster in Lorraine, he said: “My football days are over.
“I have a serious ankle injury that I suffered after being tackled by my 15 year old son. I can still kick a ball when needed.
Long behind him: Rod said he could ‘always kick a ball when needed’, that his football days were well and truly behind him thanks to his injuries