Motorists forced into hotel quarantine after lying on border declarations

A 79-year-old man has been forced into two weeks hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast after he was busted trying to enter Queensland from a NSW hotspot.

A limousine driver was also turned back at the border, while his three passengers in the vehicle were ordered into quarantine, after also travelling from a COVID-19 hotspot.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said investigations into the group are continuing.


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“The three passengers are not co-operating at the moment so further investigations are ongoing and the driver has been fined $4135 for a false declaration,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

It comes after police stopped more than 1600 vehicles at the Queensland border yesterday.

Patrols will continue as Victoria joins Greater Sydney as a COVID-19 hotspot from 1AM on Saturday.

It means only Queenslanders will be able to return to the sunshine state, but will still need to complete 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine upon returning to the state.

“I just think the clear message to Queenslanders is definitely, do not go to NSW and do not go to Victoria during this period of time,” the Queensland Premier warned on Friday.