After visiting Turkey on the red list, women say the quarantine hotel is “like a prison.”
After returning from a trip to red-list Turkey, a mother and daughter-in-law are residing in a quarantine hotel, which they describe as “like prison.”
The couple, who had just returned from Istanbul, where one of them had surgery, had to pay £1,220 each to stay at the hotel, which is a government obligation for all travelers returning from a red list nation due to coronavirus regulations.
According to Teeside Live, the hotel’s treatment is bad, meals are put outside their room door and are of poor quality, and they can’t even open the window to let fresh air in.
The Teeside women don’t mind being quarantined after their journey, but they both feel their stay at the Radisson Blu at Stansted Airport leaves a lot to be desired, especially given the price.
They claim that they are only allowed to go outside for two 45-minute periods each day, and that pleas to go outside to smoke are met with delays.
One of the women, who is 47 years old, said: “To be honest, it’s like staying in a motel in hell.
“We are treated as if we are prisoners, which is not the situation.
“That’s how much it cost me and my daughter-in-law to be here: £1,200 each. The meal is repulsive.
“My daughter-in-law is on medicine and must take her pills with food. She requested a slice of toast and was later served a piece of naan bread with butter. She fought tooth and nail for a piece of bread, and they told it would be a one-time thing – what are we paying all that money for?
“It says in the welcome packet that we can go out twice a day for 45 minutes each time. My point is that we are not in prison.”
When the couple realized Istanbul was on the red list, they sought to book a ticket out, but were told they wouldn’t be permitted to board unless they had a quarantine hotel arranged for when they arrived in the UK.
They arrived at the hotel at 2.30 a.m. after arriving at Heathrow at 8.50 p.m. on Wednesday. The summary comes to a close.