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Would you do hotel quarantine with a stranger to save $1,000?

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 24/02/2021 03:58:56 Belinda Cleary For Daily Mail Australia
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An Australian man has sparked a fierce debate online after asking if people would consider sharing a quarantine hotel room to save $1000 each.

The man said he had heard of solo travelers meeting at airports and striking up a deal to bunk together for the two weeks of mandatory quarantine.

'This appeals, yet I'm reticent to commit to two weeks with someone I barely know,' he said.

'Has anyone done this, or knows anyone who did this, and how did it work out?'

a man riding a skateboard up the side of a building: An Australian man has sparked a fierce debate online after asking if people would consider sharing a quarantine hotel room to save $1000 each (stock image) © Provided by Daily MailAn Australian man has sparked a fierce debate online after asking if people would consider sharing a quarantine hotel room to save $1000 each (stock image)

Others also appeared to be wary of the plan, with many agreeing it isn't worth the $1000 saving.

'I couldn't think of anything worse I would rather pay double than share with a stranger,' one woman said.

'This sounds dangerous, I would be worried about my safety and privacy,' one woman said.

Some were worried arrangements could increase the risk of spreading the virus.

'You are also potentially putting yourself in a room with someone who has Corona, no thank you,' said one woman. 

While others were more concerned about the practicalities of the idea.

'You could be stuck in a single room with someone who snores, is abusive, smells or is generally awful,' one woman said.

'You might have to share a bed. You might not like the standard of their personal hygiene or hygiene in the hotel room. They might have annoying habits or hog the TV or have four-hour long showers,' said another. 

'My ocd would probably kick in and id get annoyed at them being a potential slob or not putting the loo seat down,' one woman admitted. 

Some people said the arrangement would end in the people sleeping together, killing each other or both.

'You would have to be pretty desperate to save $1000, or want to hook up,' one woman said. 

One woman even admitted she has decided to quarantine in a different room to her boyfriend of two years because even 14 days with him would drive her crazy.

'I would have the same concerns with my husband of 40 years,' one woman said.

However the idea of sharing the time with another person appealed to some people who admitted they struggle to be alone.

'$1000 is a lot of money. And what an opportunity for a crazy, wild adventure,' one woman laughed.

'Imagine if I found the love of my life on the way home what a story,' said one woman. 

Others said they would only agree if their quarantine buddy was 'attractive'. 

'For real, this could be an amazing deal with the right person,' one woman said. 

'I would quarantine with an attractive stranger and if it didn't work I would tell the hotel we broke up and then get another room,' one man said.

a bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room: The rooms all vary in size - with some people complaining they have no floor space © Provided by Daily MailThe rooms all vary in size - with some people complaining they have no floor space

Some parents joked people could quarantine with their families for the discount. 

'You're welcome to quarantine with my three children. They are 3, 5 and 7. Impeccably behaved. Never fight. Neat and tidy. Hardly ever complain. I'll even foot the whole bill,' one mum laughed.

And some admitted they were also torn.

'It might or might not be worth saving the $1,000. You'll either never speak to them again or become best friends,' one man said.  

One woman said it is a smart woman for people heading to Darwin - as the accommodation is in a work camp and couples or people travelling together are given their own rooms. 

a screen shot of a living room: One man shared this photo of his hotel room - which was 'small for two people' © Provided by Daily MailOne man shared this photo of his hotel room - which was 'small for two people' a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Another couple revealed they had the penthouse with balconies, two lounge rooms and two baths rooms - so could 'spread out' © Provided by Daily MailAnother couple revealed they had the penthouse with balconies, two lounge rooms and two baths rooms - so could 'spread out'

'So you would save money and not have to compromise on space,' she said. 

And many people agreed that while they would never want to be in the situation where they had to quarantine with a stranger they would be happy to watch it on live television.

'They could call it Quarantined at First Sight,' one man suggested.

'I would definitely watch the highlight reel of that show,' one person agreed. 

'I love trash TV. I would watch it,' said another.

WHAT ARE THE NSW QUARANTINE RULES? 

Under public health orders, people who arrive in Sydney from overseas or by vessel from another port outside of NSW (other than travellers flying from New Zealand) must enter into quarantine in a designated accommodation facility for 14 days.

Quarantine applies to all overseas travellers, other than travellers flying from New Zealand, even if you are currently feeling well.

COVID-19 requires an extraordinary response and the quarantine period is necessary for the safety and health of all NSW citizens, including the family and friends of those in self-isolation.   

There is a quarantine fee of $3000 for adults, $1000 for additional adults and $500 for children between the ages of three and 18.

Children under three are free. 

Travellers in transit from an international flight, via NSW, for less than 48 hours will not be charged a fee.

A fee will be charged for stays greater than 48 hours and less than 14 days, depending on the length of your stay. For example, if you stay in quarantine for 72 hours (3 days), you will be charged for three days.

 Source: NSW Government

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