Melbourne to accept international arrivals as state government prepares six new quarantine hotels

melbourne to accept international arrivals as state government prepares six new quarantine hotels

A rigorous new-look hotel quarantine scheme will accept more than 100 overseas arrivals on Thursday, with the modified system banning floor guards from looking at their phones or even reading books.

COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria officials provided an inside view of the Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands on Wednesday – one of the hotels set up for the new hotel quarantine system.

Victoria banned international flights in mid-February after Premier Daniel Andrews announced a snap five-day lockdown.

The shutdown was prompted by a coronavirus outbreak linked to the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport hotel, which saw the more virulent UK strain of the virus leak from the quarantine system and into the community.

Since then Victoria has recorded 40 consecutive days without any new case of coronavirus.

CQV chief Emma Cassar said the new scheme was “as safe as we can”, with any staff who hadn’t yet received the COVID-19 vaccine now barred from working at the facility or any other hotel quarantine.

Camera IconHealthcare staff prepare the Four Points by Sheraton in Melbourne's Docklands to become a quarantine hotel for returned overseas travellers…

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