Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said that it was “unsurprising” that no hotels had “formally” signed up to the quarantine plan, as the announcement came late last night.
When asked how many hotels had signed up, he told BBC Breakfast: “I don’t have that detail at my fingertips.
“But what we have done is we have made sure that we are planning for capacity greater than the expected numbers of people arriving from those countries.The number of hotels will be based on the upper estimate of the number of people who might be arriving.”
When asked if it was fair to say that no hotels had signed up, Mr Cleverly said: “The announcement only came out at one minute past midnight this morning, so it’s unsurprising that no-one has formally signed up to this.
“But the whole point of this is that we give the hotels notice, because they will need to change the way they operate.”