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Quarantine in hotels for a fee in city

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The Mamata Banerjee government issued an order on Wednesday night allowing people to quarantine themselves in 30 hotels in the state for a fee.

Under the pay-and-use model, the tariffs will range from Rs 2,000 (all-inclusive) to Rs 7,000 (excluding GST) a night at the hotels earmarked in Calcutta, New Town and Siliguri.

The quarantine will be supervised by a visiting physician or a medical officer.

The establishments include three-star and four-star hotels, accounting for a total of 645 single-occupancy rooms.

The order, issued by secretary to the health department Saumitra Mohan, said the list of 30 was not exhaustive and others with the requisite infrastructure and willingness to offer the quarantine facilities were welcome to submit their offer with the department.

Sources in the government said the decision was taken in the wake of numerous cases of people trying to suppress information about Covid-19 infection possibilities, apparently out of a “fear” of being forcibly quarantined in a staterun healthcare facility.

“Requests have been received by the state government to consider setting up quarantine facilities on a payand-use basis for affording a choice to those willing to pay. Accordingly, considering the growing need for augmenting the existing quarantine facilities, the state government had reached out to the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Eastern India, which has suggested some hotels that are willing to provide quarantine facilities,” the order said.

“Persons seeking to be selfquarantined or upon the recommendation of a registered medical officer could approach any of these hotels to avail this facility,” it added.

The following are the 30 hotels and their contact numbers listed in the order: Holiday Inn (New Town) — 7044474500 The Fern Residency (New Town) — 7044477003 The Majestic Suites (Rajarhat) — 7603035878 Floatel (Strand Road) — 9007727997 Hotel RitulVY (Shantipally) — 9830438379 Hotel Minerva (Ganesh Chandra Avenue) — 9830420892 Hotel Crestwood (near Park Circus seven-point crossing) — 9836183014 Hotel Orion West Willows (Beck Bagan) — 9831263267 Hotel Aura (S.N. Banerjee Road) — 9836025200 (For the following three, contact 9830274702) Oyo Golden Park (Ho Chi Minh Sarani) Oyo Hotel Mannat International (Tiljala) Oyo Airport Green Arcade (Airport Gate No. 2) Royal Sarovar Premiere Siliguri (Sevoke Road) — 9775477700 Hotel Saad (Tiljala) — 8584826988 Hotel Gulshan International (Royd Street) — 9874849973 (For the remaining 15, contact 9830527823) Fabhotel Stay Hub (Bhowanipore) Fabhotel Rayna Inn (Near Park Circus seven-point crossing) Fabexpress Homely Raj (Manoharpukur) Fabexpress New Town (New Town) Eco Stay (New Town) Eco Inn (New Town) Durbar Guest House (New Town) Stay Inn (New Town) Eco Palace (New Town) Padmavati (New Town) Chinar Inn (New Town) Zapper (Dum Dum) Airport View (Dum Dum) Pratiksha Guest House (Lake Town) Upasana Guest House (Bangur) The order also laid down a thorough quarantine protocol and a discharge protocol for the hotel authorities.


Source: The Telegraph

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