Cambs hotel no longer isolation hub for lorry drivers with coronavirus
The use of a Bar Hill hotel for self-isolating truckers has ceased due to low numbers. It was announced earlier this year that the Department for Transport (DfT) would pay for truckers to stay at four UK hotels before driving to Europe from December, after France required a negative Covid test for hauliers. The Cambridge Bar Hill hotel was one of the locations used for drivers to self-isolate, but due to fewer hauliers testing positive recently, the hotel’s use has now ceased.
The DfT national scheme is still in operation, but no hotels are now being used in Cambridgeshire. Use our tool below to learn more about Covid near you: South Cambridgeshire District Council environmental health officers worked with the hotel management to ensure staff and people needing to isolate were kept safe.
As well as councils and public services ensuring drivers did not need to leave the hotel, the Bar Hill Covid-19 support scheme volunteers provided deliveries of additional food, clothes, and prescriptions. The group also worked with a primary school and other volunteers and created a welcome pack for each driver when they arrived at the hotel.
Hauliers were staying in the hotel before going to France. (Image: Cambridge News)
Whilst at the hotel, drivers had a room with food, drink, toiletries, television, and Wi-Fi. They were given clear information about their responsibilities upon arrival.
Translated materials and welfare calls, with interpreters where necessary, were also carried out regularly to ensure they had what they needed. Cllr Bunty Waters, district councillor for Bar Hill, said: “I’ve been heartened with the kindness and thoughtfulness of residents, children and everyone who gave generously to make the time while the HGV drivers stayed in the hotel the best experience it could be.”
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Cllr Bridget Smith, district council leader, said: “It is good news that falling positive tests in hauliers means this hotel can now stop being used, but we must all remember that coronavirus has not gone away and we need to ensure we all do everything we can to stop the spread.”