A couple from the Northern Beaches have left the Gold Coast, after they were busted breaching their home quarantine orders.
The 61-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were supposed to be isolating at a property in Main Beach, when police conducted a compliance check on Sunday.
Police allege they’d left their accommodation to go to a nearby beach.
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They were each fined $1,334 for failing to comply with a COVID-19 border direction, and have since returned to New South Wales.
They’re two of five fines handed out since new border restrictions came into place on Saturday.
Police report that a 31-year-old allegedly breached his home quarantine at a Stradbroke Island to go for a walk on the beach, while a 34-year-old breached his home quarantine in Woree and was found nearby.
They’ve each received a $1,334 fine and been placed into hotel quarantine at their own costs.
While a 20-year-old woman from Redland Bay was issued a $4,003 fine after allegedly lying on her border pass about recently travelling to a New South Wales hotspot.
She’s now also completing quarantine at a hotel.
Luckily, all five people have no far returned negative coronavirus tests, but Assistant Commissioner Shane Chelepy is urging everyone to just follow the rules.
Assistant Commissioner Shane Chelepy said whilst the majority of people are doing the right thing, some people are choosing to blatantly disregard the rules.
“People quarantining at a private address need to take their obligations seriously and stay at home,” Assistant Commissioner Chelepy said.
“Police will be conducting random checks on those people in home quarantine to ensure they are doing the right thing and not putting others at risk by going into public spaces.
“Those who are found to be flouting the rules and leaving their property could not only face a hefty fine, they are likely to be placed into hotel quarantine at their expense.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said quarantine is our best defence for keeping COVID-19 out of the state.
“It’s really disappointing to hear that people are not complying with their home quarantine notices,” she said.
“I know it’s an inconvenience, but it is absolutely vital.
“How would you feel if you ended up with COVID-19 and gave it to your grandmother?”
“I’m pleading with Queenslanders to follow the rules and keep up the great work of keeping Queenslanders safe.”
If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.