Scott Morrison’s mandatory 14-day Covid quarantine includes several ‘zones’ and a complex WhatsApp messaging system that dictates which room he’s allowed to be in at any given time.
The Australian Prime Minister is in his two-week isolation period for four days after taking a business trip to Japan last week.
He is quarantined at The Lodge and still has the advantage of using staff – including cleaners, cooks and security, despite not being able to speak to them personally.
The Lodge is divided into a ‘red zone’, ‘yellow zone’ and ‘drop zone’ – each with their own policies and strict lists of who can enter each area.
The Australian prime minister is in his two-week isolation period for four days after taking a business trip to Japan last week. Pictured to get his first Covid test
Morrison and his personal photographer, Adam Taylor, are the only people allowed to enter the designated Red Zone, which consists of his bedroom and conference rooms.
This is where Mr Morrison spends most of his time in lockdown, Zoom holds meetings in a blazer and tie with board shorts and thongs under the camera.
Since he went into quarantine, he has attended several virtual summits, broadcasts and parliamentary business meetings.
The red zone is filled with clean linens, towels, toiletries and cleaning supplies for the duo to use.
When he’s not working, Mr. Morrison tries to catch up with his training. ‘There’s a bicycle here. I’m just going for 30 minutes. I’m trying not to go too fast, although my brother Allan is a paramedic, ”he joked
Meanwhile, the yellow zone has a bit more flexibility with staff.
The yellow zone includes the kitchen and laundry room, so personnel can enter within these areas.
Meanwhile, the drop zone is open again to more staff, although Mr. Morrison will not be able to be there when they arrive.
The Australian Federal Police guarding the property can deposit and collect essential items and documents through the drop zone, but organizes along with Mr. Morrison via WhatsApp message to ensure he is not in the room at the time.
Instead, he is told when the documents are ready to be picked up and the room is empty.
Mr. Morrison spends most of his time in lockdown, where Zoom meetings are held in a blazer and tie with board shorts and thongs under the camera.
Mister Morrison’s dirty laundry should be placed in a water-soluble laundry bag before being moved to the drop zone, while staff handling his laundry and dishes should wear face masks, shields and gloves while cleaning.
The prime minister will be joined by another quarantined staff member next week, who will also be put through several Covid tests.
If he tests negative again, Mr. Morrison is free to leave the quarantine within 10 days.
If one of the men tests positive, they will start the quarantine period again.
While mandatory hotel quarantine has been the subject of criticism, with numerous returning travelers tearing the system apart, Morrison said he is not struggling to finish the stay and is “busy.”
“It’s actually quite busy,” he said.
Mr. Morrison and his personal photographer, Adam Taylor, are the only people allowed to enter the designated red zone, which consists of his bedroom and meeting rooms
‘Last night we had APEC until 2.30 am. There are announcements and briefings and a lot of paperwork. I live almost behind four walls with a guard and a lot of my movements are closely monitored, so it’s not that different. ‘
He said he struggled with not being able to see his children or family, but said he talks to them several times a day.
When not working, Mr. Morrison tries to catch up on exercise.
‘There’s a bicycle here. I’m just going for 30 minutes. I’m trying not to go too fast, although my brother Allan is a paramedic, ”he joked.
He said he also found a puzzle in his daughter’s room and uses it to keep busy as he works his way through all the streaming services.
“But the working part takes up most of the day,” he said.