‘Broken’ families forced to spend Christmas because of quarantine hotel costs
Families have been “heartbroken” after being forced to cancel Christmas plans because of the cost of quarantine hotels in the UK.
Colin Doney, a teacher from Northampton, had to cancel his flight home from Malawi due to the £2,285 cost of a 10-day quarantine for travelers from red-listed countries.
His 77-year-old mother, who has severe osteoarthritis, now has to spend Christmas Day alone after his father passed away last year.
Mr. Doney, 52, told the PA news agency: ‘My flights were booked to return home to my mother but the quarantine regulations made it too expensive.
“I’m sad that I won’t be at home, mainly because Mom will be alone for the day.”
Mr. Doney has been teaching at a school in Malawi for almost two years but says it will cost more than a quarter of his annual salary to fly home for the festival.
His father was diagnosed with cancer in January 2020, then “died alone in the hospital” due to Covid restrictions five months later, which the family “is still angry about”.
He said his mother was upset that the day’s plans would not be made in advance, but that the family was “prepared for the worst” when news of the Omicron variant came in.
Mr. Doney added: “The number of infections here in Malawi is low and we have vaccinated twice.
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