A Queensland woman who travelled to a coronavirus hotspot has been fined after she was busted allegedly lying at a Gold Coast border checkpoint while trying to get back into the state.
The 25-year-old woman and her 53-year-old male passenger were caught-out after observant police pulled over her vehicle at the Miles Street checkpoint in Coolangatta around 4.00am on Friday.
“Police working at the checkpoint believed the man and the woman were acting suspiciously and questioned them further about their movements and it is alleged differing versions were given,” police said.
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“It is alleged the woman eventually admitted to recently being in Campbelltown and the man from Fairfield.”
Officers also established that the man was wanted for other criminal matters in NSW and he was taken into custody at the border.
Superintendant Wheeler said the Queensland woman was given the option to go into hotel quarantine at her own expense, however she declined to take up that offer.
As a result, she was turned around at the border and fined $4003
It comes as police brace for a swarm of people into the sunshine state today as thousands of residents try and make their way back before the Sydney hotspot declaration kicks in.
From 1am tomorrow, all 34 local government areas of Greater Sydney will be declared COVID-19 hotspots, along with whole state of Victoria.
“Queensland’s border restrictions mean people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will be turned away at the state’s border,” Qld police said.
Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home, but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their own expense.
With the new hotspot being added, police are urging cross-border residents to update their border passes to help reduce delays at the border checkpoints.
Officers say vehicles displaying older passes, particularly those with NSW registration plates, will almost most definitely be intercepted.
“The border restriction changes may cause delays at police border checkpoints and those travelling into Queensland are being urged to exercise patience and factor likely delays into their travel schedule,” police warned.
Chief Superintendent Wheeler said it’s likely even Queensland vehicles will be intercepted.
“If you are coming into Queensland, even with a valid Border Declaration pass, you stand a very good chance of being intercepted and questioned by police,” he said.
“We make no apologies for our vigilance and scrutiny as this is about keeping Queensland safe from the threat of COVID-19.”
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Motorists are again being reminded that everyone entering the state must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.
The Border Declaration Pass can be accessed here and is valid for seven days.