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Armed guards will be deployed to ensure quarantine, Tánaiste warns

DUBLIN: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has warned that armed guards will be deployed to ensure quarantine as COVID-19 cases rise in Ireland.

Mr. Varadkar said that as part of tightening the quarantine, armed guards would be stationed in hotels and a 14-day strict room quarantine would be ensured. He added that the government plans to deploy private security guards to ensure that people strictly abide by quarantine laws. Varadkar was talking to the media about the strict conditions to be implemented in the fight against COVID-19.

He also explained what a hotel quarantine would look like: “Mandatory hotel quarantining is a euphemism in a way. It involves armed guards, it involve security, it involves people being detained in a locked room for 14 days, having your meals provided.”

In addition, those arriving in Ireland from a country where the risk of virus is high must stay in a State-nominated hotel for 14 days. Varadkar said such a facility is currently available only in Citywest.

There are two hotels in Citywest. One is a regular hotel and the other is a golf course hotel. However, Varadkar said more hotels near the airport would be added to the list soon.

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