Man FINED after escaping hotel quarantine in Qld

A man who escaped from hotel quarantine in Queensland has been fined $1,500.

The 25-year-old fled a hotel in Toowoomba on day nine of his mandatory two-week stay after returning from a NSW hotspot.

It sparked a major manhunt, with the man surrendering and handing himself back into the hotel yesterday.


He was then arrested by police and charged with failing to comply with the COVID-19 Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Direction.

The man appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

Police confirmed the man underwent a second COVID-19 test yesterday to make sure he did not have the virus during his stint in the community.

It has since come back negative overnight and there is “no risk to the local community” police said.

State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski has revealed police are conducting an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We are very concerned about any quarantine failure in Queensland,” he said.

“So there is an independent investigation being done and a review of what has occurred to check our systems to make sure that we have full confidence that we will be able to ensure that all persons that are in quarantine remain there until they complete that quarantine.”