Infected Sydney man slapped with $10K in fines after sneaking into Gold Coast

Police have hit a Covid-infected Sydney man and his flight attendant friend with thousands of dollars in fines after he illegally entered Queensland.

The 26-year-old man flew to Ballina on July 14 and was picked up by a flight attendant before they visited several locations across the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

It is then alleged the man attended three shops in Chermside, where he used untrue information to check-in to shops on July 15.


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They were both placed in hotel quarantine where it’s alleged the man opened his door several times without a mask to abuse staff.

Police alleged that he was given several warnings, but with full knowledge of his positive COVID-19 Delta strain diagnosis, he continued to open his door while not wearing a facemask.

After extensive investigations, the man has now been issued with three infringement notices relating to breaching the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions including: failing to comply with Queensland’s COVID-19 Border Direction, failing to comply with COVID-19 direction by providing untrue information and failing to comply with COVID-19 Direction of an Emergency Officer.

Those three fines total $9,648.

The 37-year-old woman has been issued with an infringement for failing to comply with the COVID-19 Border Direction, party to the offence. That’s a fine of $4,135.

More information about the Queensland Border Declaration Pass is available here