Jeremy Vine: Panel discuss new Covid rules
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Dawn Neesom was left groaning after a British holidaymaker shared she had paid good money to meet the new testing requirements imposed by the UK only for the airline to let all passengers board regardless of their test status. Boris Johnson released new rules and regulations for all UK citizens to follow amidst another wave of the pandemic, reintroducing the red travel list as well as a quarantine for passengers arriving from countries on the list. The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been surging across European countries over the past few weeks, causing government leaders across Western countries to take action to stem the spread.
Many UK citizens are enraged at the last-minute cancellation of holidays to certain African countries like Nigeria as we are in the holiday season and Christmas was cancelled for all last year because of coronavirus restrictions.
Today on Jeremy Vines panel Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu sat beside columnist Dawn Neesom to discuss the Government’s new enforced rules.
Ms Neesom said: “The other thing that worries me is that you happen to go anywhere and they suddenly put that on the red list.
“So when you come back to this country, not only have you got to do all the testing but then you have to go to a quarantined hotel.”
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Discussing the difficulties many Brits are facing around the Christmas travel season, Ms Neesom added: “The Heathrow one does not have any availability now until January by the way.
“They are going to charge you £2,285 for 10 days and that’s for one person, with an additional adult it’s £1,430.
“You’re in the same room with them, like if it’s your hubby your other half, so what is that about.”
Complaints about the food versus the price have been debated on social media over the past week.
Many guests who stayed in a quarantine hotel in the UK have posted online about the poor food on offer.
Actor Richard E. Grant spoke out on social media over the weekend in now-deleted Tweets whilst staying in Heathrow Airports quarantine hotel.
Mr Grant said: “I went to southern Africa to visit my 90-year-old mother and got caught by the red region Covid restrictions.”
Criticising the new regulation Mr Grant added: “I understand there are security costs in the hotel and you’ve got to pay for two Covid tests, but £228 a day to receive three meals of this very poor standard, in a supposed four-star Holiday Inn hotel, beggars belief.’
Law firm PGMBM will present evidence on the new rules imposed by the Government in hopes of seeking a judicial review.
The high court hearing will take place on Thursday.
PGMBM spokesman Tom Goodhead said: “Hotel quarantine is a fundamental breach of people’s human rights.”
“Law-abiding citizens who have been double vaccinated and tested negative should be free from hotel quarantine. The idea that they need to pay for the privilege of their own imprisonment is outrageous.
Mr Goodhead added: “We make no apology for taking decisive action at the border and introducing hotel quarantine,”
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