Women in UK Covid hotel quarantine will have female guards where possible
Lone women in Covid quarantine hotels to get female guards
Two male guards will be allocated if a female guard is not available, DHSC said
Female guards will now escort women quarantining alone in hotels after a number of male guards were accused of sexual harassment.
The decision announced by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on Thursday comes after 16 women described to the BBC the male guards' inappropriate behaviour while they were in Covid-19 quarantine.
The women claimed their complaints had been ignored, downplayed, or disbelieved.
Labour had demanded that ministers take action after the claims made against guards working for the outsourcing firm G4S had come to light.
Women self-isolating alone on arrival from a “red list” country, which requires quarantining in a government-approved hotel at a cost of £1,750 for 10 days, will now have female guards to chaperone them when they leave their rooms for exercise.
When female guards are not available, two male guards would be allocated “with each guard chaperoning the other to ensure appropriate behaviour”, the DHSC said.
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