Family stuck in 'covid hotel' after dad tests positive at airport

A family have been left in ‘holiday hell’ after one of them tested positive for coronavirus when they landed in Greece.

Amanda Leavesley had travelled to Rhodes with her partner Paul Heffey and their daughter Callia on September 30. They underwent spot checks at the airport and two days later were told to go to their rooms immediately as Paul had tested positive.

They were then seen by a doctor and taken to a hotel in a remote area to stay while having to self-isolate. Amanda says she is now quarantining in one room with her daughter for 10 days, while her partner must isolate for 14.

She emphasised that the family understood they need to quarantine, but described their hotel conditions as ‘not acceptable’. She said: ‘When we first arrived I think we had one bottle of water between us for the first night.

‘When the food arrived it was cold. We cannot go and out buy things
because we can’t leave the building. We are under a major flight path and the noise of the planes coming into land is horrible.

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‘There are barking dogs nearby all night and day and we cannot step on foot outside the building. We feel like we are in hell.’

Paul and Amanda are completely separated and can only see each other by ‘waving across the balcony’, she said.

If the family were to break quarantine and go outside for any reason they risk facing a 5,000 Euro fine, or even landing a prison sentence.

Amanda told the Liverpool Echo that Tui are in the process of organising return flights for the family.

A spokesperson for the travel company said: ‘We can confirm that Mr Heffey tested positive for Covid-19 after being tested on arrival at Rhodes airport.

‘Greek authority restrictions now require his party to self-isolate for 14 days and they have been moved to a specialist isolation unit within a hotel.

‘We appreciate this must have been very unsettling for them. We are in contact with Mr Heffey and his party, and the hotel where they are self-isolating, to provide support.

‘We will do everything possible to make their isolation as comfortable as possible and remain in close contact for the rest of their quarantine period.’

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