DUBLIN: The government is preparing for an advanced hotel quarantine project for tourists. The travel plan is based on the model of the hotel quarantine project announced by the UK. The ministers discussed the matter on Monday.
The plan includes imposing hefty fines on those who arrive in Ireland without a reasonable excuse, adding more countries to the list of compulsory travel bans, and making mandatory quarantine for everybody coming into Ireland.
Tanáiste Leo Varadkar has said that the legislation for mandatory quarantine in hotels will be ready next week. Many hotels have offered their service to the government. “I think what we should have is a common policy on international travel,” he said.
The Minister of Transport said that he had consulted with the British Government to implement the project effectively. Minister Eamon Ryan added that in addition to Brazil and South Africa, more countries would be included in the mandatory quarantine list.
A spokesman for the Taoiseach said: “I think some of measures might have already been talked about, but, adding more countries to the schedule 2 list, that is people who would be expected to be assigned hotel quarantine, increasing the punishment above and beyond the €500 fine for people caught going on holiday, but who still carried on regardless, because we’ve seen reports of people who were willing to accept that fine and so it’s not enough of a deterrent.”
An average of 2,000 people a day arriving into the country. The plan, announced by the UK, includes tourists from around 30 foreign countries. The condition is that they must go to the hotel quarantine at their own expense. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly had discussed the issue with the UK Health Minister.
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