Law firm to take government to court over hotel quarantine

Law firm PGMBM are taking the government to court over the UK’s quarantine hotel policy, according to the BBC. 

The government had previously refused a request by the firm for a judicial review into the policy.

It’s reported that if the claim is successful, the government would be forced to refund the fees to all vaccinated travellers who had to undergo hotel quarantine, and would be exempted from the policy going forward.

Under current rule travellers must quarantine for 11 nights in a hotel if they are returning from red list countries. This is in contrast to other European countries who also maintain hotel quarantine – including Ireland and Norway – who allow exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers.

The cost of quarantining in a hotel is £2,285, which has been experienced by over 100,000 travellers since the policy was introduced in February.

Over 60 locations remain on the red list.

PGMBM previously brought about a case against quarantine hotels on the grounds of financial hardship, which resulted in the government offering the option to pay in 12 monthly instalments for those facing financial hardship.

PGMBM said it was launching a legal case while representing “multiple” clients.

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