More than 70 people escape Ireland’s compulsory hotel facilities

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More than 70 people from Red List countries have escaped mandatory hotel quarantine since the system was implemented, it has been revealed.

Of the 75 people who left the compulsory quarantine, only 24 returned “voluntarily” to their accommodation after the intervention of the gardaí.

Sunday Times reports that more than a dozen people have left their hotels without permission in the past week alone.

Social Democrat leader Catherine Murphy said it defeats the “whole purpose” of mandatory quarantine in hotels if people can just go out on their own.

TD Social Democrat Catherine Murphy has said it defeats the “whole purpose” of mandatory quarantine in hotels if people can just go out on their own. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins

More than 60 “designated states” are currently on the mandatory quarantine list for hotels across the country, with travelers from these countries required to pre-book a stay at one of the state’s designated mandatory quarantine facilities for 14 days .

The vast majority of states on the Red List are countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Only two European countries, Russia and Turkey, are currently on the list.

It is a criminal offense for a person to leave the mandatory quarantine without authorization with the offender liable to a fine of up to € 2,000, imprisonment for one month, or both.

A law to extend the mandatory quarantine system in hotels until at least July 31 was recently passed by the Dáil.

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