A fitness coach has gone an extraordinary rant about being forced to self-isolate in a five-star hotel after returning from overseas.
Jess Pinili flew into Perth from Bali on Sunday after the government introduced new quarantine rules for all international arrivals.
She must now spend 14 days quarantined in an upmarket hotel, which will be guarded by police and paid for by the government.
The strict rules are to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has already infected 4,167 Australians and killed 17 people.
Ms Pinili complained on Instagram that she was being treated worse than a prisoner.
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Jess Pinili flew into Perth from Bali on Sunday after the government introduced new quarantine rules for all international arrivals
Ms Pinili, who must now spend 14 days in self-isolation in a hotel, complained on Instagram that she was being treated worse than a prisoner
‘This isn’t about gratitude, this is about human rights,’ she said in her post.
‘This hotel room practises non-smoking, awesome, that’s great, however, I don’t have access to balcony or a window that opens … which means for 14 days I will not have fresh air.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,165
New South Wales: 1,918
South Australia: 299
Western Australia: 312
Australian Capital Territory: 78
Northern Territory: 15
TOTAL CASES: 4,165
‘There are people patrolling the corridor. I can’t even walk up and down the corridor. This is worse than being a prisoner, prisoners get fresh air.’
While it’s not clear which hotel she is staying in, most travellers have been put up in five-star hotels – with the government footing the bill.
In Sydney, travellers are being sent to the InterContinental, Swissotel and the Novotel on Darling Harbour. All three hotels are upmarket with starting prices of over $200 a night for standard rooms.
In Melbourne people are being accommodated in the Crown Promenade, where guests typically pay a minimum price of $233 per night.
‘I’m just wondering Mark McGowan and Scott Morrison what was the thought process behind restricting air flow in isolation?’ Pinili said.
‘Because like that alone is going to give me a corona.’
‘This isn’t about gratitude, this is about human rights,’ she said in her post on Instagram
Ms Pinili has since removed the video from her page after receiving backlash from fans who called her ‘selfish’ for complaining
‘There are people patrolling the corridor. I can’t even walk up and down the corridor. This is worse than being a prisoner, prisoners get fresh air,’ Ms Pinili said in her Instagram post
Ms Pinili has since removed the video from her page after receiving backlash from fans who called her ‘selfish’ for complaining.
She posted another video where she said people ‘did not understand’.
‘I’ve woken up with so many nasty comments..I don’t think anyone has listened to what I have said.’
Previously, anyone returning to Australia had to self-isolate at their homes.
However, the rules changed as two-thirds of the country’s Covid-19 cases have come from or have been closely linked to overseas travellers.
The first wave of Australians to be forced into quarantine took to social media on Sunday to complain about everything from the quality of their free three meals a day to the size of their rooms and being locked indoors.
One woman said she was escorted to her hotel by police and led into an elevator before being taken to her room.
‘Entering the life one-by-one only. Police at the desk, at the lifts, on the hotel floor,’ she said.
‘When we reach our floor, there are multiple officers there to escort you to your room.
The guests receive three free meals a day, which are left in a bag in front of their room’s door. Some hotels are reportedly offering guests $95 credit every day to spend on room service.
In Melbourne people are being accommodated in the Crown Promenade, where guests typically pay at least $233 per night
Thousands of Australians have been forced into mandatory isolation after returning from overseas. A return traveller is pictured above enjoying the five-star accommodation at Melbourne’s Crown Promenade hotel
As part of the scheme police and security guards patrol the halls and cleaning staff are required to wear protective gear to clean rooms.
A man who is staying at the Crown Casino in Melbourne thanked the taxpayers for his free food and accommodation in a series of Instagram stories.
‘To all you guys paying taxes over the past year, thank you very much,’ he said while showing his followers the meal that was dropped at his door.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, who has been tasked with handling the New South Wales coronavirus response, said those being required to isolate should stop complaining about the accommodation.
‘I understand that maybe the sheets do not get changed daily but you are coming back into… five-star hotels. They are not going that badly. There are people after the bushfires still living in tents and caravans. People are going okay,’ he said.
‘The reality is they are in a hotel room, and yes, they will be isolated for 14 days. That is for their own protection, the protection of their family members and the protection of the NSW community.’
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