At least six people have been handed hefty fines after been caught breaching border restrictions by sailing into the Gold Coast from Sydney hotspots.
Four people from a 34-metre superyacht have been fined after berthing in Southport last week before attending the rugby test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The group had come from a Sydney hotspot and are accused of providing false and misleading information.
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“Thankfully they all tested negative to COVID-19 which is a great relief considering they had attended the Wallabies versus France rugby international in Brisbane last week,” Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Angus Mitchell said.
“As of 1 July 2021, anyone who provides false or misleading information or breaches the directions can expect an on-the-spot fine of more than $4000, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or six months’ imprisonment.”
Two other vessels from Sydney were also caught arriving on the Gold Coast last week.
The 68-year-old skipper of one of the vessels was fined $4003 and placed into hotel quarantine.
Another skipper also copped a $4003 fine but was turned around at the border.
“The message is clear, if you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot and you cross our maritime border, you will be intercepted and face the consequences.
“The Chief Health Officer declared the Greater Sydney area a COVID-19 hotspot backdated to 21 June as the COVID-19 situation continued to escalate.
“While that situation exists, MSQ will rigorously challenge any vessels planning to enter Queensland waters.”