Government Removes Quarantined Hotel Reservation Page Because It Doesn’t Work

The government’s hotel quarantine program’s online reservation service is down, preventing travelers from booking rooms just days before the policy goes into effect on Monday.

Labor describes the problem as “extremely worrying”, saying the system “shows signs of failure from the start”.

the portal launched on Thursday but was deleted shortly after it went live due to a ” small technical problem He shouldn’t be online again until 10 a.m. Friday.

From Monday, passengers returning to England from 33 countries must self-quarantine for 10 days at their own expense at a government-designated hotel.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the portal would be open “long before” the hotel quarantine program went into effect, adding: “The website is currently being worked on to correct a technical issue. minor.”

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said ministers must act urgently to get the reservation website back up and running.

He said: “More than a year after the start of this pandemic and 50 days after the discovery of the South African strain, there is no excuse for even more incompetence of the government in introducing the quarantine in hotels. “

Rory Boland, editor-in-chief of Laquelle? Travel said the government needs to make sure there are enough hotel rooms available.

He added: ‘If mandatory quarantine in hotels is to be effective, it is essential that the government ensure there are enough rooms to accommodate UK arrivals from Red List countries, to prevent anyone from getting stranded abroad and drastically out of pocket for reasons beyond their control.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said police patrols will be stepped up at airports and ports as new hotel quarantine rules come into effect.

People must fly to one of the five specified airports, pay up to £ 1,750 for their stay and are “not guaranteed” to be able to leave their rooms to exercise, according to guidelines released Thursday .

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