An Australian mother-of-two staying at a luxury Sydney hotel for the 14-day coronavirus quarantine has described the situation as ‘inhumane’.
Aimee Roberts and her Irish partner Jamie Cullinan are among the thousands of travellers being forced to isolate in Australia after returning from overseas.
The government hopes the drastic restriction will stop the spread of the killer coronavirus, with the majority of cases coming from overseas travellers.
Along with their two young sons, Ms Roberts and her partner were taken to the lavish Park Royal hotel in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Sunday.
Aimee Roberts (pictured) has criticised her family’s treatment in a four-star Sydney hotel, saying the conditions are ‘inhumane’
A typical family room at the Park Royal hotel in Sydney’s Darling Harbour (pictured) features large windows and cosy double beds
The four-star hotel boasts sweeping city views, with rooms starting at $215 a night – with the bill footed by Australian taxpayers.
The Federal Government is covering all the expenses including transport, accommodation and food.
But Ms Roberts said her family were being ‘treated like animals’ and bemoaned the meals being delivered to their door.
She said their two-year-old is ‘fussy’ and the family need access to supermarket basics such as biscuits and fruit.
‘We are more than happy to cover costs of any food we have,’ she wrote online, according to news.com.au.
Aimee Roberts (pictured, left) and her partner Jamie Cullinan (right) are holed up in Sydney’s Park Royal hotel in Darling Harbour along with their two young children
The family are in the Park Royal hotel (pictured) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, with rooms costing at least $250-a-night
‘We just want to be able to feed our children. Just access to food, snacks, basic essentials is all we are asking. People seem to think we are ungrateful… we just want to be able to feed the kids.’
She went on to call their treatment ‘inhumane’.
‘We are being treated like animals who have done the wrong thing,’ she said.
‘All we did was return to our home country. I understand precautions need to be taken but this is just inhumane.’
She described her family-of-four being trapped in a cramped room, calling the situation ‘just horrendous’.
Their food is being delivered in plastic containers and left outside their hotel room door, which they then transfer onto just three plates inside.
The couple (pictured) had been living in Ireland but returned to Australia on Sunday, along with their two children
Aimee’s partner Jamie Cullinan shared this picture on Instagram, showing their nearly empty flight to Sydney (pictured) as they awaited being picked up and taken to quarantine
They then have to wash up in the bathroom sink and use the same crockery throughout their stay.
With no table, they are forced to sit on the floor or on the bed to eat.
She said she was even unable to get milk for her toddler, and had to call three times before finally getting some delivered at midnight.
Mr Cullinan told his Instagram followers the family had travelled from Dungarvan in Ireland to Dublin, then to Doha before transferring to Sydney.
‘Currently waiting on the army but we are here safe and sound,’ he wrote after landing in Sydney on Sunday night.
One traveller complained about the timing of the dinner service, sharing a picture of her yet-to-be-eaten meal at 9.51pm and comparing it to plane food
But that same traveller also gave a more optimistic take on her quarantine, sharing how she had made friends with her next-door neighbours and formed a WhatsApp group
‘Prob around 50 people on the flight .. now to try survive two weeks in a room with Aimee and the kids.
‘All this might be in vain if we end up killing each other in a few days.’
They aren’t the first travellers to bemoan the enforced 14-day quarantine.
Even those in luxury five-star hotels have bemoaned the ‘prison food’ they are served three times a day, describing it as meals as ‘atrocious’, ‘horrible’ and ‘like dog food’.
All Australian travellers were told to come home immediately on March 17 – 11 days before the government brought in mandatory quarantine for everyone returning to Australia from overseas.
Pictured: A traveller who has been holed up in a Sydney hotel to stop the spread of the coronavirus. She posted to Instagram on Monday to share an insight into the quarantine
This was introduced over concerns two-thirds of new infections in Australia originated from overseas.
Among the first to be isolated were Norwegian Jewel cruise ship passengers, who arrived in Sydney last Thursday.
Buses transported the arrivals to the five-star Hotel Swissotel, where they’ve been stuck inside their lavish rooms for the last three nights.
Guests started a Facebook group to rant about the conditions and claim they’ve been treated worse than prisoners.
One man – who’s staying at Novotel Sydney Central – shared a picture showing his breakfast, which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage (pictured)
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,559
New South Wales: 2,032
Western Australia: 364
South Australia: 337
Australian Capital Territory: 80
Northern Territory: 15
TOTAL CASES: 4,559
Among them was Di Minter, who took to the page on Monday after her breakfast didn’t arrive until 10am.
‘Coco pops with milk, yoghurt, no spoon, no bowl to eat from, no juice, a cold slice of toast, butter and a choice of vegemite or peanut butter,’ she wrote.
‘Hmmm. I think I was the forgotten one. Thank goodness I’m a forward thinker, saved some juice from yesterday’s pastries too as they gave me a double serving. Detainee 1605.’
One woman who is quarantined in a Perth hotel after returning from Bali said while she understands the Government’s tough measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19, she has been struggling with the meals served to her.
‘The room is great but the food has been my biggest complaint. I’m trying not to be negative because this is a situation that’s completely unprecedented,’ she said in a video on Facebook.
‘The food has been really atrocious, it’s worse than a struggle meal. My breakfast was a total of nine cubes of random fruits, it’s not amazing.’
She told The Bali Sun she was given shellfish for dinner but she was unable to eat it due to her food allergies.
But after telling staff about her dietary requirements, she was given a plastic container with two pieces of cheese, crackers, dried fruits and a bread roll with butter.
Another woman – who’s spending her isolation at the Crown Metropol Melbourne – said she felt sick when she was served a foil container filled with meat, gravy and vegetables (pictured)
‘Let me tell you what prison is REALLY like’: Ex-inmate lets fly on Australians in coronavirus quarantine who complain about their free stay at lavish hotels and say it’s ‘like jail’
By Alana Mazzoni
An ex-prisoner has slammed Australian travellers who compared their five-star coronavirus quarantine hotels to jail.
Thousands of Australians are currently being quarantined under police guard in hotels around the country after returning home from overseas on the weekend.
Some returning travellers said their conditions are ‘worse than refugees or prisoners’, while one woman said her five-star hotel was a ‘miserable hell hole’.
But Damien Linnane, who spent 10 months in prison in 2015 and 2016, said the comparison between being put up in a luxury hotel for 14 days and spending years behind bars is ‘plain insulting’.
Damien Linnane, who spent 10 months in prison in 2015, said the comparison between being put up in a luxury hotel for 14 days and spending years behind bars is ‘plain insulting’
‘One man being quarantined in a Sydney hotel told SBS News that prisoners in Long Bay are being treated better than he is. It’s clear that man has never been to Long Bay,’ Mr Linnane wrote for an opinion piece for 10 Daily.
‘You don’t have access to fresh air because your window doesn’t open? I couldn’t keep the cold out during winter because mine didn’t have any glass in it, just a heavy steel grill.’
Mr Linnane, who firebombed a home to get retribution for a family member who had been sexually assaulted, also slammed travellers for complaining about the food they’ve been given.
Some quarantine hotels have provided $95 worth of free room service a day to guests.
Returning overseas travellers are complaining about the standard of their accommodation during their 14-day mandatory quarantine. The government is paying for them to stay in hotels including Crown Melbourne (right) and Novotel Sydney (left)
‘I’m not even going to go into detail about the complaints I’m reading regarding the hotel food. Take my word for it, whatever they’re delivering to your room, it’s a hell of a lot better than what inmates are served,’ he said.
Mr Linnane acknowledged being cramped in a room ‘sucks’ but reminded Australians quarantined in hotels that they will be out in less than two weeks.
The former Australian soldier went on to say any prisoner in the country would trade their cramped cell for a five-star hotel room ‘in a heartbeat’.
He also reminded Australians to keep prisoners in their thoughts, as they too have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
In Sydney, travellers are being sent to the Swissotel Sydney (left, a standard room) and given three meals every day