Government in talks over how to ensure people stick to new rules while it seeks hotel rooms for up to 1,500 travellers daily

Police are preparing to play a role in enforcing the detention of passengers in Covid quarantine hotels as the government scrambles to launch the stringent new system on 15 February.

Government-contracted security guards are expected to be stationed on each floor of the hotels and by entrances and exits to ensure travellers do not leave for 10 days after their arrival. Those refusing, or absconding from quarantine, could be subject to police action, with officers taking them back to the hotel, the Guardian understands.

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