“Selfish act” Mayor urges hotel quarantine escapee to hand herself in

The Gold Coast Mayor has issued a desperate plea, urging the woman who escaped hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast to hand herself into authorities.

The 24-year-old was just two days into her 14-day stint in hotel quarantine at the Sofitel in Broadbeach when she was discovered missing on Tuesday.

Police believe the woman may have snuck out via the balcony, but authorities are continuing to scour the hotel’s CCTV network to establish exactly what occurred.


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It’s understood the woman had been put into hotel quarantine on August 2, with it yet to be confirmed where she arrived from.

Fortunately, she had tested negative to COVID-19 before her bold escape.

However, speaking to reporters on Thursday, Mayor Tom Tate said the woman’s actions could have put the whole city at risk had she been infectious.

“Let’s say if she went out and went to other places, then those business owners would have to shut down for 14 days, have testing, loss of income, the cost of cleaning.

“Not to mention the bad will, because people will go ‘oh that’s the place that was shut down for 14 days'” the Mayor said.

“That’s the heartwrenching thing for somebody’s selfish act”.

The woman remains on the run from authorities this afternoon, with the Mayor urging her to do the right thing and come forward.

“I would say to her go to your nearest hospital and say it’s me who escaped,” he said.

It comes after police yesterday issued fines to 69 people for various COVID-19 breaches, inlcuding 13 for motorists who were pulled over and found to be breaching lockdown.