Monday 8 February 2021 / 3:42 PM Nick Thomas-Symonds

Nick Thomas-Symonds on Government failure to secure hotel agreements ahead of quarantine system

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on reports that the Government has failed to sign any hotel quarantine agreements with hotels firms, said:

“It beggars belief that no agreements have been made with hotels, just a few days before the quarantining system is due to begin. It will be over 50 days since the South African strain was identified and nearly a year since other countries have been successfully implementing hotel quarantine.

“Even when these measures eventually do begin, scientists have made clear that the limited way they are being introduced will be insufficient to stop mutant strains of the virus reaching the UK, potentially putting the gains of the vaccine at risk. Conservative incompetence is yet again putting people at risk.”