Hotel quarantine rules face legal challenge from law firm

Law firm PGMBM has challenged the government’s latest hotel quarantine policy by seeking a second judicial review.

The second review also follows the government’s decision to increase the cost to stay in a quarantine hotel from £1,750 for a single adult, to £2,285.

The firm said that the policy of detaining people for 10 days in a hotel, despite being fully vaccinated in the UK and having tested negative on their return, is an “unlawful deprivation of liberty” and violates fundamental human rights.

As well as compensation, the government could also be forced to refund the fees of all those who have already been forced into quarantine in hotels despite having been double vaccinated.

Tom Goodhead, managing partner of PGMBM, said: “Mandatory hotel quarantine is a fundamental breach of human rights. It has led to the false imprisonment of people who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative.

“Prisoners are entitled to more liberty than those forced to quarantine in hotels. We have all read about the horrific experiences of some of the people in these hotels. We want to see this draconian policy scrapped and those affected to be properly compensated.”

He added: “Many of the people who get in touch with us are not travelling to or from Red List countries for holidays or for leisure. They are often travelling for emergency or urgent reasons and would not be travelling unless they felt it was absolutely necessary.”

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