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Covid Scotland: Bouncers at Edinburgh quarantine lodge employed to escort travellers

G4S bouncers have been hired to guard quarantined travelers at a hotel near Edinburgh Airport.

According to reports, security guards will accompany travelers arriving from abroad each time they leave their hotel room.

It comes after Scotland introduced tough new rules requiring anyone entering the country from abroad to isolate in a hotel for 10 days.

Those in need of isolation will be charged a £ 1,750 bill plus an additional £ 1,200 if they test positive.

The Scottish newspaper has now reported that guards have been hired to escort those quarantined at the hotel, despite previous assurances that the guards would not enforce isolation.

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The UK government has hired security company G4S to support the implementation of the Managed Quarantine program in Scotland and England.

The bouncers will be deployed in the hotels near Edinburgh Airport, including the Double Tree by Hilton, which has quarantined a number of passengers after arriving from abroad in the past few days.

G4S confirmed that staff at the security giant would support the program, although National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch commented that guards were not used to enforce the isolation.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The National Clinical Director has tried to reassure the public that the intent behind controlled isolation is to help people quarantine safely and effectively and to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. It shouldn’t feel like imprisonment.

“Security guards are routinely stationed in quarantine hotels to help travelers comply with regulations, as is the case in other countries that have implemented a similar policy.”

Chun Wong and his eight year old daughter Kiernan are leaving the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh after being mistakenly quarantined

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It comes after the Scottish government launched an investigation to investigate why an American family was mistakenly quarantined after arriving from the US via Dublin.

Official instructions state that anyone arriving from the Republic of Ireland can be quarantined at home, but Chun Wong and his eight-year-old daughter were taken to the quarantine hotel only to be told by officials that it was one Mistake acted.