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Salford hotel selected to quarantine people returning from red list countries
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A hotel in Salford will be used to quarantine people returning to the UK from red list countries, it has been confirmed.

Everyone arriving in England from a red list country is required to quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel, or face fines of up to £10,000 and imprisonment.

The government says people should not travel to countries or territories which are on the red list, which currently includes Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Manchester Airport is not currently on the government-approved list of ports of entry from red list countries. The nearest approved airport is Birmingham.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the Copthorne Hotel in Salford is being used as a managed quarantine hotel.

Salford's deputy mayor, Labour councillor John Merry, said the council was not consulted about the selection of the hotel, but will work with the government.

He said: "We have been informed by the Department of Health and Social Care that the Copthorne Hotel at Salford Quays has been selected as a managed quarantine hotel.

"These hotels are for people returning to the UK from red listed countries.

"As with other hotels in the programme, the arrangements are made directly between government and hotel groups and the management of the hotel and the welfare of guests are the responsibility of the DHSC.

"We were not consulted on the selection of the hotel but Salford City Council and health partners, along with Greater Manchester colleagues, will work with DHSC and the hotel to ensure it meets public health requirements."

Anyone required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel can only arrive at certain ports of entry which have been approved by the government.

The list currently includes three airports in London - Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport - as well as Birmingham, Bristol and Farnborough airports.

It is understood that there are a number of hotels in the Manchester area used for accommodating any travellers who arrive erroneously from a red list country at Manchester Airport, as well as those arriving from other airports.

However, DHSC does not publish the names of government-contracted hotels or the number of hotels contracted in any given area, a spokesperson said.

When people arrive in England from a country or territory on the red list, they will be be required to provide a completed passenger locator form to Border Force officers alongside their passport and negative COVID-19 test result.

They will then be escorted through the airport with other passengers who are to quarantining at a managed quarantine hotel, the government website says.

Passengers must book and pay for a quarantine package before they return and will be expected to pay £1,750 for one adult staying for the full 11 nights.

The additional rate for another adult or child over 11 years old is £650 and £325 for another child aged 5 to 11. Children should not be travelling alone.

The quarantine package includes transport to the quarantine hotel.

At the end of the quarantine period, passengers will be transported to the airport where they were collected from when they arrived in England.

The managed quarantine hotel will provide all meals.

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