Hotel quarantine 'prisoners' in £200m human rights battle

Hotel quarantine 'prisoners' in £200m human rights battle

Hotel quarantine ‘prisoners’ in £200m human rights battle: Tourists from red list countries are suing for alleged breach of human rights over Covid isolation scheme

  •  Around 100,000 arrivals from red list countries have been forced to quarantine in hotels since February
  • Lawyers claims those who were fully vaccinated and later tested negative for Covid were ‘unlawfully deprived of their liberty’ 
  • They want the Government to refund fees of around £2,000 per person and pay out compensation for double-jabbed and Covid-negative travellers
  • The claim will be launched at the High Court in London on Monday 

Travellers from red list countries who have been forced to quarantine in UK hotels are suing for up to £200million for an alleged breach of human rights.

Lawyers claim those who were fully vaccinated and later tested negative for Covid were ‘unlawfully deprived of their liberty’.

They want the Government to refund fees of around £2,000 per person for double-jabbed and Covid-negative travellers and pay out compensation. 

Around 100,000 people who arrived from red list countries have been forced to quarantine in hotels for ten days since February.

Many have complained of ‘prison-like’ conditions. Tom Goodhead, of law firm PGMBM, which is spearheading the action, said: ‘The Government hasn’t yet realised that this policy is a fundamental breach of people’s human rights. 

Travellers from red list countries who have been forced to quarantine in UK hotels are suing for up to £200million for an alleged breach of human rights [File photo]

‘Law-abiding citizens who have been double-vaccinated should be free from quarantine. The idea that they need to pay for the privilege of their own imprisonment is outrageous.’

He said other European countries had refused to introduce hotel quarantine measures over human rights concerns. 

Red list travellers have to take tests on day two and day eight of their hotel quarantine.

The claim will be lodged in the High Court in London today.

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