Victorian couple cop another hefty fine for escaping lockdown

A decision to flee Melbourne’s lockdown and drive to Queensland is proving to be very costly for a COVID-positive Victorian couple with the pair now also fined by New South Wales Police.

The couple left Melbourne on June 1 and spent several days travelling through parts of western New South Wales.

They crossed into Queensland on June 5 and continued to the Sunshine Coast.


The woman tested positive for COVID the following day before her partner was also diagnosed with the virus.

The couple was fined $4003 each by Queensland Police last week following their release from hospital.

New South Wales Police also launched an investigation into the pair’s movements through that state.

Officers found they had visited a number of businesses that were deemed essential services including retail stores, food outlets and service stations.

But they also visited a cinema in Dubbo which is not an essential activity.

They’ve since been informed by New South Wales Police that they will be fined $1000 each for failing to comply with COVID-19 directions.

Queensland Police will issue the infringement notices on behalf of New South Wales Police today.