First Passengers To Book Into Quarantine Hotels In England Arrive At Heathrow And Are Quickly Escorted On to A Waiting Bus.
THE FIRST passengers to book into quarantine hotels in England came through Heathrow arrivals shortly after 8 am this morning. It is understood that they had all been in a ‘red list’ country within the last 10 days before entering the UK. The small group of passengers were met by security and immediately transported to a local hotel by bus where they will spend the next 10 days isolationing in their rooms.
Bosses at Heathrow Airport said “significant gaps” remained in the hotel quarantine plan and a spokeswoman said they are yet to receive the “necessary reassurances” from the Government.
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The first passengers to book into quarantine hotels in England have come through Heathrow. These passengers have all been in a ‘red list’ country within the last 10 days.
— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) February 15, 2021
The new regulations, which aim to stop Covid variants entering the country, apply to arrivals who have been in one of those places in the past 10 days. Passengers will have to pay £1,750 to spend 10 days quarantining in a government-sanctioned hotel- that covers the cost of the hotel, transport and testing.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the emergence of new variants meant the government “must go further” with its travel restrictions. The government says it has struck deals with 16 hotels so far, providing 4,963 rooms for the new quarantine system, with a further 58,000 rooms currently on standby.
“The rules coming into force today will bolster the quarantine system and provide another layer of security against new variants at the border,” Mr Hancock said. The health secretary added that the measures were “important to protect our vaccination programme”.
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