Mandatory hotel quarantine: the United States, France and Canada are now on the list

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Mandatory hotel quarantine: the United States, France and Canada are now on the list


Passengers arriving in Ireland from the United States, Canada and France now face 12 nights of mandatory quarantine in a hotel.
European countries like Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and Austria are also on the updated list.

It went into effect at 4 a.m. this morning – despite the fact that the system is currently full.

Monday, the government ‘temporarily suspendedreservations due to a lack of available rooms.

He blamed the overload on an “unacceptable” number of passengers arriving in the country without prior reservation.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly addresses the media before entering government buildings for a Cabinet meeting. Photo by: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

At The hard shoulder last night the Minister of Health Stephen Donnelly insisted the problem wasn’t a lack of capacity – and blamed airlines for letting people board planes without pre-booking quarantine rooms.

He said the capacity of the system will increase by just over 300 rooms on Monday, before increasing to more than 300 again the following week.

The government is also considering exempting fully vaccinated people from mandatory quarantine.

Members of the Irish Defense Force at a quarantine hotel in Santry, Dublin, 08-04-2021. Image: Sam Boal / RollingNews

This morning, UCD associate professor Julien Mercille – a member of the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group, which advocates for Zero Covid – said the increase in the number of countries on the list was a positive step.

“If you add more countries and more countries, at least you slow down the import of cases and variants,” he said.

“Especially the variants. If new variants arrive, in greater numbers, they could really spread like wildfire. “

A Garda checkpoint at Dublin Airport, 27-01-2021. Image: Leah Farrell / RollingNews

Meanwhile, figures show that the number of people arriving at Dublin Airport edged up last week after countries’ initial mandatory quarantine list was applied.

Just over 14,000 people arrived at the airport Monday through Sunday last week, an increase of one-fifth from the previous week.

The figures also show that a larger share of arrivals were from non-residents.

Almost 4,900 of the passengers arriving at the airport said they were returning home to Ireland.

Over 9,500 people were not living here full time – up from 8,500 the week before.

During the week, Newstalk Journalist Henry McKean traveled to Dublin Airport and met passengers who had have advanced their flights to overcome today’s quarantine periode.

Yesterday, meanwhile, a the flight to dublin from paris this morning was “as good as full” with people looking to go past the deadline.

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