Vic hotel quarantine prepares for restart

Victoria's hotel quarantine program will restart on Thursday after being paused in February.
Victoria's hotel quarantine program will restart on Thursday after being paused in February.

VICTORIA'S HOTEL QUARANTINE PROGRAM TO RESUME

* International flights into Melbourne resuming from Thursday, after the program was paused in February because of a coronavirus outbreak that put Victoria into a five-day lockdown

* Arrivals capped at 800 in the first week, expected to increase in the second week to 1000

* 4991 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine delivered to quarantine workers as of April 5 and nearly half of those have also received their second dose. Only staff who have received at least the first dose are working in the quarantine program

* 2823 staff have undergone N95 mask fit testing and refresher training

* Resident testing doubled to days zero, four, 12 and 14 of quarantine

* New QR app for staff sign-ins and contact tracing

* Additional screening at Melbourne airport

* Six hotels in the program - Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport, Intercontinental, Novotel Ibis Melbourne Central, Pan Pacific (airline crew), Holiday Inn on Flinders (COVID-infected guests) and Element Melbourne Richmond (guests with medical conditions and complex needs). Another six hotels to join the program after ventilation improvements

* All quarantine staff tested daily, with day-off testing encouraged

Australian Associated Press