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New Bond Irish family reveal what it's like in mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine

"There was a police escort waiting to take us to the hotel and we weren't allowed to leave the room at all for 14 days. There was a staff member on every corridor to tell anyone who even opened the door to get back inside."

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Brie and her husband Jason and kids Ashton and Tyler who quarantined for 14 days in an Australian hotel

Brie and her husband Jason and kids Ashton and Tyler who quarantined for 14 days in an Australian hotel

Brie and her husband Jason and kids Ashton and Tyler who quarantined for 14 days in an Australian hotel

A former Irish resident who had to quarantine with her family for two weeks in an Australian hotel has said the time alone brought them together as a family.

Brie Morin was holed up for 14 days in a hotel in Perth with her husband Jason and young children Ashton (4) and Tyler (7) when they moved for employment reasons last year.

The couple lived in Navan, Co. Meath for a number of years when Jason worked as the general manager of Tara Mines and they moved to Perth when he became General Manager in Lenora Operations in Western Australia.

Brie also operated the Irish branch of the positive parenting programme which which discourages punishing, shouting or admonishing children in any way.

As Ireland begins mandatory hotel quarantine for many travellers, Brie said the worst thing she experienced was being in a hotel room with two small children and not being able to get any fresh air.

"We flew into Perth from the US and there weren't a lot of flights then so we had to take a long route and travelled 50 hours to get to Australia," she said.

"There was a police escort waiting to take us to the hotel and we weren't allowed to leave the room at all for 14 days. There was a staff member on every corridor to tell anyone who even opened the door to get back inside.

"We had food delivered to us three times a day. You were also allowed to order UberEats but everything got checked in case you were trying to order alcohol in.

"You could get alcohol in the hotel but it was at premium rates - you're talking $50 for a tiny bottle of champagne and the alcohol was limited as I think they had some problems with people getting drunk and causing problems.

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Passing the time with board games

Passing the time with board games

Passing the time with board games

"My go-to strategy when the kids get too much is to go outside and let them run around and use up their energy but we couldn't do that and even the windows didn't open so we had no fresh air at all.

"I'm very strict with screen time normally but the kids got to play a lot of computer games for the two weeks, especially in the first few days when we were all over the place with jet lag and wakening up at 2am.

"I printed out homework for Ashton and I had an activity book for Tyler so we tried to get into a routine of some kind of school work in the mornings and then screen time in the afternoons.

"I got Twister and some other games and a deck of cards as well as some books to pass the time. We were also trying to source somewhere for us to live and schools for the boys.

"I didn't feel bored until about day 11 and then we could see the light at the end of the tunnel but time dragged on.

"We had two interconnecting rooms so we weren't on top of each other.

"I think it brought us together as a family. We will never get that total alone time again. It was a unique situation and we really felt closer connected together.

"We never got irritated or annoyed with each other which really surprised me because if you told me I was going to be locked up with them for 14 days, I'd say, no, we're not gonna make it out of this alive but it was much better than I expected.

"There was no stress, no hurry to get out the door to get ready for work or school. We had a vacuum cleaner and some cleaning products but there was no cooking or dishes to be done.

"It was $35 per ten items of clothes to be laundered in the hotel so we tried not to get clothes dirty but accidents do happen with small boys so I think our laundry bill was $300 when we left.

"We're here now and settled in our new house and schools and there are no cases of Covid-19 here at all so no facemasks and everyone socialises as normal. So I guess the strict measures were really worth it."

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