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Mandatory quarantine: the hotel reservation system “temporarily suspended”

A reservation system for the mandatory quarantine of hotels has been temporarily suspended, the government confirmed.

The Ministry of Health and the Tifco hotel group, which holds the contract, have agreed to “temporarily suspend” the obligatory reservation portal of the hotel quarantine.

The department said this was done as a “precautionary measure” to allow for a more in-depth assessment of the capacity of the mandatory hotel quarantine system for the next few days.

People who have already made their reservation for the mandatory quarantine at the hotel are not affected.

Although reservations can still be made for dates from Monday April 19.

In a statement, the government said: “The temporary hiatus will be kept under ongoing review if additional capacity becomes available.

“Public health advice remains firmly against all non-essential international travel.

“Mandatory quarantine in hotels is a public health measure put in place to protect Ireland from the importation of COVID-19, in particular the worrying variants.”

Four hotels are currently designated as mandatory quarantine facilities.

However, the number of countries on the quarantine list has increased in recent weeks.

The latest updates included countries like the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and Belgium.

Any passenger who has stayed in one of these countries during the previous 14 days, even if only passing through them, must be subject to a mandatory quarantine.

This also comes after it was revealed that Erasmus students returning to Ireland would see their hotel quarantine paid for by the state, at a cost of around 1 million euros.

Around 500 students are currently abroad in countries on the compulsory quarantine list under the EU program.

Many had warned that they could not afford the cost of € 1,875 of the 12 night stay.

Main image: Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express hotels next to Dublin Airport. Photo by: Leon Farrell / RollingNews.ie