Considerable speculation on what will actually happen when the UK launches its compulsory hotel-based quarantine arrangements. I wrote about initial leaked information this morning.
Since then more UK newspapers have published details of what is happening:
- hotels were approached only yesterday with a requirement to complete tender documents within 24 hours.
- the Government will pay the hotels and then recover costs from the passengers – £50 – £80 per night is being quoted to include 3 meals per day
- a range of rooms and properties are being considered to allow passengers to choose how much they want to pay
- sites are being looked at near Heathrow, Gatwick, the Eurostar Terminal at St. Pancras, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow airports. They are also looking for hotels near ferry terminals.
- Security Guards will be deployed on each floor but the Police will be involved in detaining and returning absconders
- Hotels are reported to have concerns that they would have to cancel any existing booking they may have
- Airports and Bus operators have only been contacted in general terms in the past few days
Changes to the red-list of countries will be kept under monitor to make sure they match the risk, ministers say.