Perth man to wear ankle bracelet after leaving quarantine to go to pub

A man in Perth has become the first person to have to wear an ankle bracelet, after continuously breaching quarantine restrictions.

The 53-year-old arrived at Perth Airport on Friday night after arriving from Queensland without a pass.

He was taken to hospital after complaining of non-COVID related symptoms, where he was told to wait for a police escort to a quarantine sight.


But, upon receiving treatment he allegedly left the facility before transport arrived, to hit up the local pub.

Police tracked him down at the Northbridge Hotel after he checked into a nearby backpackers.

Health authorities say the man is at a very low risk of any COVID exposure, but he’s been tested as a precaution and put into hotel quarantine.

He will be summonsed for Failing to Comply with direction and will appear at a Perth court at a later date.

The pub’s been closed for cleaning.

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts says the man will be given an ankle bracelet for the rest of his time in quarantine.

“These are GPS ankle bracelets. We purchased 200 of them for this exact purpose and, as I understand it, the state emergency coordinator is progressing a direction so we can do just that.

“We’re not about putting ankle bracelets on people that don’t need them or having additional requirements where they’re not required,” Minister Roberts said over the weekend.