As reported earlier, thousands of Australians returning from overseas have just checked into hotels for a mandatory 14 days of self-isolation.
With the government footing the bill, a stay in a five-star hotel in Sydney or Melbourne doesn’t sound too bad on the face of it. Those in isolation get three room service meals a day and linen dropped off at their door.
But as part of the quarantine, people can’t step outside their rooms – police and military officers guard the exits. Sealed windows and a lack of a kitchen and laundry in many of the rooms also don’t help.
“Fresh air is everybody’s right, you get that even in prison,” one traveller, Sakib Awan, complained.