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Australia My family is in hotel quarantine and there's no dignity in it

05:20  09 april  2020
05:20  09 april  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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Australian passengers from Italian cruise liners gesture to the camera after arriving at the Duxton Hotel in central Perth after flying into Perth International airport on a Qatar Airways flight on Monday, March 30, 2020. About 270 Australians where on board the flight, including 120 West Australians. No passengers with coronavirus symptoms were allowed to board. © AAP Image/Richard Wainwright Australian passengers from Italian cruise liners gesture to the camera after arriving at the Duxton Hotel in central Perth after flying into Perth International airport on a Qatar Airways flight on Monday, March 30, 2020. About 270 Australians where on board the flight, including 120 West Australians. No passengers with coronavirus symptoms were allowed to board. When we vote for them, we trust that our leaders will make sound public policy decisions under pressure. But when we are under pressure - like we are now from restrictions on social contact and movement - it seems the government doesn't trust us to make the right decisions.

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With the borders now closed, citizens and residents who return to Australia by sea or air are by law forced to isolate, not in their homes, but in designated city hotels or other facilities. These quarantine facilities are being run under state government health orders as designated by police commissioners. More than 1000 returnees are housed in these "quarantine facilities", under police and military guard.

Remember that embassies strongly urged Australians to come home. But the news about enforced isolation was only released a day prior to its start. This left returning travellers little time to consider what the new orders meant. My wife and two stepchildren, aged 21 and 16, arrived in Sydney from Jakarta on the first day of the new restrictions. I had already informed them that I would stay in a serviced apartment to allow them to self-isolate at home. Plans were in place to properly provision them during the 14-day period.

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Instead, they were locked 24/7 in sealed rooms with no opportunity to breathe fresh air or enjoy open space as a respite from confinement and boredom. Arrangements at their inter-city hotel appear to maximise both the control of "guests" and the convenience of hotel management and security personnel. .

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On arrival, hotel management made it clear (in writing) that they were neither in control of nor in the know about how the quarantine regime would operate.

"We are working with the NSW Health Department to find out more information for you but unfortunately, at this time, it's very limited," said a letter to the newly quarantined. "Information regarding medical support, prescription medicine, and health checks will be clarified tomorrow and we would like to apologise that this information wasn't given to us for your arrival."

When my family members expressed their annoyance about non-opening windows and fears about the health impacts of prolonged confinement, the standard reply came back: "Your self-isolation has been mandated by the Australian Federal Government, which restricts movement from any personnel within the building as we all commit to doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Australia."

Food orders were banned as were "all external packages" on the advice of NSW Health. But within days this had been relaxed as the hotel switched to a "user pays" system. Dirty laundry? Sure, we can send that to the hospital service for $22 a bag.

A nurse contacted them by phone but seemed only interested in monitoring COVID-19 symptoms, not general wellbeing.

Hotel complainants have been slapped down as "entitled whingers". "Pack them off to Christmas Island!" some have urged. Ironically, Christmas Island is more fit-for-purpose than the hotel chains. It has medical facilities on-site and space to move around in while still being confined as Wuhan evacuees found out in February.

Choosing this coercive option for those who complied with official government advice to "come home" was ill-conceived, inadequately thought through and put considerations unconnected with slowing the virus, such as he desires to support the hotel sector, ahead of basic rights. We rely on these rights during normal times and especially need them in an emergency like this one. This is not an argument against restrictions. It is an argument for allowing people to maintain their dignity, which is a powerful source of strength for anyone trying to survive in a crisis.

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  'Breathtakingly arrogant': First person jailed for breaking hotel quarantine "Your abject selfishness is made worse by the fact you used public transport, thus heightening the risk and the potential for harm to others."Jonathan David, 35, was convicted in the Perth Magistrates Court for twice sneaking out of hotel quarantine to visit his girlfriend and get food on April 4 and 5.

At the very least there are modifications to the way quarantine is managed that could make confinement more bearable. Many of these hotels have rooftop gardens, swimming pool landings and open areas. Why not devise a schedule where security personnel escort people wearing protective gear room-by-room at designated times to open areas for a "breather"?

The best minds in the health and home affairs departments well know that the law recognises the right to humane treatment. Those quarantined in hotels across the country need to have that right respected now more than ever, and so will the thousands of returnees who will follow them. Having one regime for those infected or known to be in contact with an infected person (self-isolation) and a different regime for those unlucky enough to return home after midnight on March 28 (enforced quarantine) will make less and less sense over time.

Back in the community, the "stay-at-home" message is central and dominant but not everyone gets it. It requires a lot of planning and adjustment. The boundaries will be pushed. So why not make behaviour changes easier and more attractive? Reward responsible behaviour, for example, by subsidising voluntary self-isolation in a serviced apartment, B&B or hotel.

One-size-fits-all coercive measures project power and can flatten the curve for a time. But they are blunt instruments that are a sign of failed communication.

There are innovations that leave individual dignity intact and help us draw on our own reserves of strength that will be required for the long haul. They will create buy-in rather than resentment. As a result, we will be better equipped to endure necessary deprivations in the cooperative spirit for which the Prime Minister has already thanked us for in advance.

Steve Sharp is a Sydney-based media teacher and business owner.

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'Breathtakingly arrogant': First person jailed for breaking hotel quarantine .
"Your abject selfishness is made worse by the fact you used public transport, thus heightening the risk and the potential for harm to others."Jonathan David, 35, was convicted in the Perth Magistrates Court for twice sneaking out of hotel quarantine to visit his girlfriend and get food on April 4 and 5.

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