Shocking hotel quarantine breach as three workers barge into the WRONG room with minimal PPE – all to check the fire alarm
- Three men walked into mother’s hotel quarantine room to check fire alarm
- Liz Spelman is serving two weeks in Meriton hotel on Pitt Street in Sydney
- She says she heard a knock and waited to open door before the workers came in
- They checked alarm wearing masks but no other PPE and were in wrong room
A mother in hotel quarantine was shocked when three men suddenly walked into her room to check her fire alarm – only to discover they were in the wrong suite.
Liz Spelman, 46, who returned to Australia from Sweden, is isolated at the Meriton on Pitt Street in Sydney for two weeks with daughter Lucy, 12, and son Ned, 10.
She received a knock on her door on Sunday and went to wait 30 seconds to open the door, as is protocol, before the contractors barged in.
Liz Spelman, 46, who returned to Australia from Sweden, is isolated at the Meriton on Pitt Street in Sydney for two weeks – and was shocked when men without PPE barged in to check the fire alarm
Ms Spelman, who was on her last day of her quarantine with her two young children, was shocked by the apparent breach that could have endangered the public. Passengers are pictured above wearing facemasks arrive at Sydney Airport off on the way to hotel quarantine
‘Three men came in, they were wearing masks but no other PPE. After three or four minutes they realised they were in the wrong room,’ Ms Spelman told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms Spelman, who is on her last day of her quarantine with her two young children, was shocked by the apparent breach that could have endangered the public.
‘They’re lucky we’ve all tested negative. We could have been infectious, they could have been infectious,’ she said.
‘There’s no signs on anyone’s door to say they’re positive.’
She said the hotel manager contacted her to offer his ‘sincerest apologies’ and told her the men were being tested and placed in a holding zone for the day.
The manager also said the men weren’t hotel workers but instead from a third-party contractor, only further adding to the security risk, she claimed.
‘It was human error, but we’re shocked with this illogical response from the government,’ Ms Spelman said.
The vast majority of Australia’s Covid outbreaks came from returned residents infecting hotel staff who then spread the virus in the community.
Should the contractors have been infected in Sydney’s ongoing outbreak, they could also have infected Ms Spelman or her children, who then could take the virus home.
Ms Spelman said her husband was part of the team advising the government on border security and believed the importance of having regional quarantine facilities to help navigate the current coronavirus climate.
She said she was exhausted by the government’s inconsistencies, introducing hard borders yet having such lax rules when Australians are serving their time in quarantine.
Ms Spelman, who returned to Australia from Sweden, is isolated at the Meriton on Pitt Street (pictured) in Sydney for her two-week hotel quarantine
Meriton confirmed the contracted workers entered the occupied room for the compulsory fire testing as a result of ‘human error’.
‘They were all wearing face masks as per the required guidelines and entered into the room for only a matter of seconds before exiting,’ it said.
‘The guests in the room were on their 11th day of quarantine and had returned negative Covid test results for their day two and day seven swabs.’
The three workers were put in isolation elsewhere in the hotel until they were tested, and all returned negative results.
Ms Spelman and her children also tested negative and will be released from quarantine on Tuesday.
‘NSW Health have strict policy and procedures for any isolation breach should it happen and these were fully executed,’ Meriton said.