neb:concordnz: The government should buy up 12-15 in each main airport Centre. To use for managed quarantine.
Uhh, do you know how much it'd cost to buy up a dozen hotels in a place like Auckland?
Very little, (pocket change) compared to the Billions which they have thrown around so far.
(& they would still have a valuable asset they could sell back into the market for as much or more - once Quarintine/homeless had finished with it.)
But yes they could do your 'reverse Auction' idea - but to me that seems a lot more messing around - when we have an urgent problem to resolve.