‘Next time I’m coming home by DINGHY!’: ‘Guest’ forced to spend his birthday in quarantine hotel holds up angry signs in room window – as more passengers arrive for 10 days at ‘HMP Heathrow’
- The man, who is staying at the Renaissance London hotel near Heathrow airport, showed off posters today
- It’s the latest sign of growing rebelliousness among guests who are angry about being cooped up for 10 days
- Dozens more people seen arriving today – two days after police called to a protest at the nearby Radisson Blu
A frustrated hotel quarantine guest has protested against the scheme with a series of home-made signs reading ‘HM Prison Heathrow’ and ‘What a way to spend your birthday’ and ‘Next time I’m coming home in a dinghy via Dover’.
The unnamed man, who is staying at the Renaissance London hotel near Heathrow, showed off the posters today in the latest sign of growing rebelliousness among people who are angry about being cooped up for 10 days at a cost of £1,750 each.
Dozens more guests were seen arriving at the site today – two days after police were called to a protest at the nearby Radisson Blu. More than 100 people a day are going into quarantine hotels, MPs heard today.
It comes as a fire crew were called to the Novotel quarantine hotel at Heathrow after the fire alarm went off. The incident was a false alarm.
The man, who is staying at the Renaissance London hotel near Heathrow airport, showed off the posters today through his window today
The protest (pictured) is the latest sign of growing rebelliousness among guests who are angry about being cooped up for 10 days at a cost of £1,750 each
Joggers in the Radisson Blue car park. Quarantining guests are allowed a brief period of exercise within the hotel grounds once a day
Dozens more guests were seen arriving at the site today – two days after police were called to a protest at the nearby Radisson Blu
The Radisson incident on Monday saw international travellers staging a peaceful protest in the car park when they were ordered back inside at the end of their 15 minute cigarette or fresh air breaks.
In the footage police can be seen talking to the disgruntled guests, who are having to isolate for ten days after returning to Britain from one of 33 red list countries.
One of those involved in the confrontation, businessman Wayne Kelly, told MailOnline: ‘It was a beautiful and sunny day and people were fed up.
‘We are already riled at being banged up in hotel rooms for very little reason and then the security guys started annoying us by forcing us back to our rooms.’
Mr Kelly, 37, who works in real estate and is from Birmingham, added: ‘People were out for some fresh air or a cigarette.
‘To go out into the back yard, we already have to phone down and be escorted down by a security guard and then back up to the room again.
‘When I got down there to have a cigarette, the atmosphere had got a bit heavy as some of the guys were not going to their rooms and saying they were being treated like prisoners.
‘So I joined in and stayed out. It was all a bit ridiculous. But people are fed up of this.
‘Our human rights are being abused. We should be allowed out 24/7 to get some air, especially when it is a lovely day.’
Residents at the nearby Radisson Blu Heathrow hotel using their brief moments outside to stretch before going back to their rooms
People arrive at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, near Heathrow Airport, London, a Government-designated quarantine hotel being used for travellers to stay during a 10-day quarantine after returning to England from one of 33 ‘red list’ countries
A fire crew were called to the Novotel quarantine hotel at Heathrow after the fire alarm went off. The incident was a false alarm
A food delivery worker arrives by scooter at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, where guests have food brought to their rooms
Another protester added: ‘Some of us are beginning to lose our nerve. I don’t like being caged up when all I did was fly into my country and then find myself in this place with no choice.’
Mr Kelly said the police chatted to them and the security officials and left soon after without any further action.
‘The cops realised there had been no trouble and left.
‘Once they had gone, we decided to go to our rooms as we had made our point.
‘We have set up a group chat and there are 20 people in it and we had messages that they were only going to allow us out of the rooms for 30 minutes a day in two 15-minute breaks. That hasn’t improved the atmosphere.’
Travel agent Anthony Pium,30, of Leyton, East London, said: ‘There was a stand-off between us and the security people.
‘They wanted me to come inside after 15 minutes, but I stayed for nearly two hours. I kept telling them I was a hotel guest and not an inmate.
‘The police were fine and chatted to us quite nicely and I appreciated that.
‘People are getting more and more angry as the days go by. We need to be allowed home now.’
Police officers were called to the Radisson Blu hotel at Heathrow on Sunday when guests having to isolate there for ten days after visiting red list countries refused to go to their rooms
After being confronted by officers, the guests agreed to return to the hotel, having ‘made their point’ over their unhappiness at being cooped up at the hotel on a fine Spring day in London
Travellers arriving in the UK from 33 red list countries are being charged £1,750 each to quarantine in a hotel for ten days.
The first passengers arrived on Monday February 15 and they will be allowed to return home on Thursday.
Arrivals who lie about where they have been – and their possible exposure to new Covid variants – could be jailed for a maximum of 10 years.
And if they leave their hotel before the end of quarantine they could be fined up to £10,000.
Both Scotland Yard and Radisson Hotels have been contacted for comment.
Passenger from ‘green list’ Thailand is forced to spend £1,750 on Quarantine Hotel after being ‘assured by Emirates’ it was fine to get connection in ‘red list’ Dubai – as other travellers blame room-booking system for missing flights
A traveller returning from Thailand was forced to spend £1,750 on hotel quarantine after being given the wrong advice from his airline.
Simon Kenway, from Blackpool, flew into Heathrow on Sunday evening after spending two weeks, plus a quarantine period, in Thailand.
Thailand is not on the ‘red list’ of banned countries, so all returning passengers should quarantine at home.
However, when Mr Kenway arrived in the UK he was pulled from the ‘green list’ queue and told he had to pay for quarantine in a hotel, because he had taken a connecting flight in Dubai – contrary to what he said Emirates had told him.
Simon Kenway, from Blackpool, flew into Heathrow on Sunday evening after spending two weeks, plus a quarantine period, in Thailand
Passengers who do not arrange a quarantine package prior to arrival in England face a penalty of up to £4,000, on top of the quarantine costs, meaning the airline’s advice could have left Mr Kenway with a bill of thousands of pounds.
Mr Kenway was first due to fly to Manchester but told he could not because the airport was not designated for quarantine.
When rebooking his flight using the Emirates customer service online chat, Mr Kenway asked the representative to confirm he could quarantine at home.
He said: ‘After (I) arrive (in) Glasgow I go straight home for quarantine, yes?’ – to which Emirates replied: ‘Yes’.
In a second chat, rebooking his flight, he asked again: ‘(I) arrive in London and go straight home for quarantine, same (as) before, correct?’ – to which the online representative replied: ‘Yes, same rules.’
He was not told on either occasion that transiting through Dubai would require him to pay for hotel quarantine.
The 34-year-old said: ‘If they clearly stated I would be refused entry after transiting through Dubai, I would have paid another airline to take me home on a different route.
‘It would have been a lot cheaper, less stressful and I would now be at home in quarantine.’
However, when Mr Kenway arrived in the UK he was pulled from the ‘green list’ queue and told he had to pay for quarantine in a hotel
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