UK: Firm challenges ‘unlawful’ hotel quarantine rules

The UK Law Gazette reports

A firm specialising in group actions is seeking judicial review of the government’s hotel quarantine policy, claiming that it unlawfully deprives travellers of their liberty.

PGMBM has issued a letter before claim to the government, arguing that mandatory hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers who test negative for Covid-19 is ‘arbitrary, unnecessary and disproportionate’ and violates their human rights.

The letter says that while government rules take account of whether ‘amber list’ travellers have been double jabbed, ‘there is no change in relation to treatment of fully vaccinated red list travellers’. It also claims that hotel quarantine is imposed for longer than necessary, as an unvaccinated amber list traveller may end their self-isolation after five days if they test negative. In contrast, red list travellers are detained in hotels for 10 days.

PGMBM is seeking judicial review of the government’s hotel quarantine policy for fully vaccinated travellers

Tom Goodhead, managing partner of PGMBM, said: ‘Mandatory hotel quarantine is a fundamental breach of human rights. It has led to the false imprisonment of people who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative.’

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