Victoria is preparing to launch its second hotel quarantine system with 100 ADF troops to receive training this weekend from the state’s first international arrivals on Monday.
The hotel quarantine system that caused Victoria’s devastating second wave is being overhauled with changes in place to prepare for the state’s reopening of international borders.
The Victorian government has been told that ADF personnel will not be involved in any security operations. Instead, they will be primarily in the hotel lobbies helping guests check in and out.
Security will be the sole responsibility of Victoria Police, replacing the private security guards responsible for the state’s first hotel quarantine initiative.
The changes have led the Victorian government to reduce its request for ADF support from 220 to 170 people.
The troops will receive training today before the first international arrivals on Monday.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the new program and the creation of CQV were based on the recommendations made by the investigation into the original failed hotel quarantine system. “We know that there are lessons to be learned in relation to hotel quarantine and we have learned those lessons,” he said. .
Staff will work on bubbles and will only work on one site.
“Without moonlighting, without second jobs, without subcontracting a subcontract because there are no subcontracts, everything is direct, obvious and clear,” said the premier.
People in quarantine will not be allowed to leave their room to exercise or get fresh air, but entertainment will be provided and food will be improved.
In addition to welcoming international travelers, Andrews is expected to announce further relief from COVID-19 restrictions tomorrow after recording another day with no new COVID-19 cases.
Meetings will be held today to clarify the details on what restrictions will be eased, however there are speculation rules around the bars and the capacities of the venues are on the agenda.
The rules about where Victorians are required to wear a mask will also change.