The Government is holding further discussions this evening to agree a plan to establish a mandatory hotel quarantine system in Ireland.

The system will be in place initially for those arriving in the State from 20 countries and anyone who does not have a negative test for Covid-19.

The fine details of this proposal are still being worked on this evening.

Cabinet heard this morning that those who will stay in mandatory quarantine for 14 days will pay a financial cost.

Private security firms are likely to be involved in the day-to-day running of the facilities but gardaí will have a role if any laws are breached.

It is expected too that the Defence Forces could play a part in the logistical planning to set up the system.

Arrivals from 20 countries including Austria, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and 17 African countries will have to quarantine in hotels here.

The same will apply to anyone who does not have a negative Covid-19 test.

The legislation to underpin the system is expected to go before the Dáil this week.


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Under the UK model, incoming passengers from high risk countries face bills of around €2,000 for staying in hotels.

While the principle of passengers paying for their stay at a hotel has been agreed here, the precise amount is still a matter for discussion.

Additional reporting: Paul Cunningham