Australia International CEO avoids medi-hotel lockdown in Adelaide
Australian hotels say COVID-19 quarantine contracts 'far from a licence to print money'
Hotel quarantine contracts are keeping some companies afloat, but occupancy rates are still well-down on pre-COVID levels and it could take years before many city hotels return to profitability.Quarantine contracts with state governments and federal agencies have provided business for many otherwise-empty Australian hotels, with Sydney's CBD hotels taking in the bulk of overseas arrivals.
A high-powered international businessman who landed in Adelaide from-stricken France will quarantine at a suburban home instead of a medi-hotel.
He has been granted an exemption by authorities.
Pierre-Eric Pommellet is the global CEO of Naval Group, the company contracted to build Australia's submarines in South Australia.
He is based in France, which has had more than three million COVID-19 cases, including 18,000 yesterday.
We’ve learnt nothing about the perils of insecure work during a pandemic
Mark McGowan says the problem of stopping second jobs in hotel quarantine is hard. Recent history shows the alternative is harder.The guard had also been working as a rideshare driver. The last time he worked his second job was on January 22. It’s believed he contracted the virus on January 26 or 27 while working in the Perth CBD. It’s sheer luck he didn’t contract it sooner.
However, on his arrival in Adelaide, he was allowed to travel to a suburban house for 14 days in quarantine.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told 9News there were officers at the property 24 hours a day, and additional security had also been built into the house.
A statement from SA Health said additional testing and high levels of infection control are in place for the exemption.
Adelaide business owner concerned about impact of nearby COVID-19 medi-hotel .
The opening of a new dedicated COVID-19 medi-hotel in the heart of Adelaide is causing angst among some nearby residents and business owners, despite health authorities saying it poses no significant risk to the general public. The Tom's Court medi-hotel, located off Halifax Street in Adelaide's CBD, is now open for returned travellers who test positive to COVID-19.The hotel was commissioned by the State Government in the wake of November's Parafield cluster, which was sparked by a COVID-19 leak from the Peppers Hotel.The government signed an agreement for the medi-hotel to run for six months, with the option to extend.