A ‘frightened’ British mother trapped in a coronavirus-stricken Tenerife hotel said today that guests are ignoring quarantine rules and she fears it could become another Princess Diamond cruise ship disaster.
Lara Pennington, 45, from Manchester, who is on holiday with her two young sons and elderly in-laws, said guests at the Costa Adeje Palace Hotel are failing to follow measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
‘The Spanish government were advising that if we wanted to we could leave our rooms as long as we were wearing masks and washing hands,’ she told GMB.
‘It’s clearly apparent there are large numbers who are not following that process.
‘Containment strategy is clearly not working, it was never going to work.’
‘It should be an enforced quarantine,’ she added.
Lara Pennington (pictured), 45, from Manchester, said today that guests at the Tenerife hotel are flouting quarantine rules and risking spreading the virus
The hotel laid on free champagne for tourists yesterday after guests were told they would have to stay put at the resort until mid-March
Mrs Pennington said she has decided to self-isolate her family in the hotel room to ensure they don’t catch the disease, which has already claimed the lives of 2,771 people worldwide.
Mrs Pennington is one of at least 160 Britons holed up in the four-star Costa Adeje Palace Hotel resort after Spanish authorities padlocked its doors when four guests from Italy tested positive yesterday.
She told GMB this morning that her family has still to be tested for the illness and had been only provided with thermometers to check whether they were are infected.
‘We’re not being looked after in terms of our vulnerability,’ she said.
‘We are frightened.’
Guests were sunbathing in masks and enjoying free supplies of food and alcohol at the hotel poolside yesterday after learning they would be staying well into March. Mrs Pennington has decided to self-isolate herself and her family, fearing this type of behaviour risks spreading the illness
Yesterday, Mrs Pennington spoke of the guests’ ‘scary’ response to the outbreak, claiming many were still out by the pool, ‘spreading the virus’.
‘I feel there are lessons that should have been learned from the cruise ship [Diamond Princess],’ she said.