Coronavirus: Woman hits friends using Dublin to bypass UK COVID rules
A woman said she plans to report four of her friends to Gardaí as they are using Dublin to bypass UK quarantine rules.
Katie said the friends, who live in Britain, were returning from Dubai to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
But rather than isolate themselves for 10 days in the UK, they plan to rent an apartment in Dublin to wait for the 10-day quarantine period to end.
It also means that they will not be subject to any restrictions upon their return to Britain, as Ireland is part of the Common Travel Zone.
She told Lunchtime Live: “A group of four of my friends who have spent the last four and a half months living in Dubai decided that they weren’t going to go back to the UK, where they live, because they didn’t want to do the quarantine required at the hotel.
“So they’re flying to Dublin on Sunday, and they’re going to stay in Dublin for 10 days in an Airbnb, and then they’re going to fly to the UK.”
She said that means they will share entrances, elevators and hallways with “people who have been on lockdown for almost a year now.”
Under UK government rules, people must self-isolate when entering the UK from any foreign country – except Ireland.
“In fact, they’re not breaking any laws doing that, so it feels like we’re almost urging people to avoid quarantine in the UK by allowing them to come here – and hoping they’ll self-inflict. -insulate when they do “.
She said her friends even asked her for advice on where to stay in the capital.
“I wasn’t very happy about it,” she said, adding, “It’s hard because you can’t argue with a stupid guy.
“These people left the UK in a level four lockdown, it was illegal for them to go on vacation – so they clearly don’t have the same values as we do.
“So there’s no point in spending a lot of energy explaining to these people what they’re doing wrong.
“They haven’t rented a car – so four of them will jump on public transport after making a nine-hour flight with 300 to 400 other people.”
And Katie said she intended to report them to the Gardaí.
“I’m just waiting for them to give me their zip code when they arrive because they’re planning to have a drink.
“They don’t intend to self-isolate, so as soon as I get their zip code I’ll let the guards know – I’m looking forward to that.”
Katie said Ireland, and herself personally, had suffered greatly from the pandemic.
“I lost my Nana to COVID – there was no funeral, no one was there, she did not even enter a church.
“I lost my business – I’m self-employed – I work in a gym, I haven’t worked for most of the last year.
“I haven’t seen my brother for two years, he’s in Australia, there’s nothing on the cards that I’ll see him soon.
“I haven’t seen my friends, I’m constantly worried about going to Tesco, I’m constantly worried about my family.”
She said that while the people here are all doing their best, things need to change.
“I think the Irish government needs to step up its efforts, because at the moment we are financially pushing people to come here to avoid the £ 1,750 stg [cost to] quarantine mandatory in UK. “
Airbnb “escape route”
It comes in the middle of a call to the Airbnb rental platform to be taken offline while Ireland remains within level five restrictions.
Cork Senator Tim Lombard claimed it was being used as a “loophole” for “frenzy parties” in rural areas.
He cited a recent example in Kinsale, which saw seven people from different households travel from Cork City and rent a house “literally having a party there for the weekend”.
“This is the kind of scenario we have in parts of Ireland.”
“I realize that people are restricted, I realize that people are frustrated – but I see no logical reason why people have to leave for a weekend for work in rural or scenic areas. from West Cork on a weekend evening.
“It doesn’t make sense to me.”