2 January 2021

Goulburn couple face $38,000 fines for allegedly fleeing Melbourne quarantine

| Dominic Giannini
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The drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Kambah

A Goulburn couple faces huge fines for breaching COVID-19 directions in Victoria. Photo: Canberra Health Services.

A Goulburn couple faces fines of $19,000 each after allegedly escaping Melbourne Airport when police told the pair they would have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.*

The 24 and 26-year old allegedly fled in a car waiting outside the airport after arriving from Canberra, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said.

“Upon the advice of the public health team, those people have breached numerous orders of the public-health state of emergency in Victoria and they will each be fined at least $19,000 for their breaching of those arrangements,” he said.

“This is a very serious matter.”

The couple has since returned to Goulburn.

Canberrans were also left unsure of quarantine requirements when arriving in Victoria on 1 January after some were told by police at border checkpoints they would need to self-isolate after crossing the border, despite contrary advice from Victorian health authorities who said the ACT remained a green zone.

READ ALSO ACT toughens border restrictions with NSW

Acting ACT Health Minister Chris Steel said the ACT Government confirmed with the Victorian Government that ACT residents or people travelling from the ACT will be permitted entry to Victoria without having to quarantine unless they have visited a hotspot area.

Victoria’s border closure with NSW comes into effect today (2 January).

Under current restrictions, no one may enter Victoria from New South Wales.

You can only apply for a permit to enter Victoria if you are transiting through NSW to Victoria from another state or territory, or are a commercial freight worker travelling to Victoria for work.

For information on the latest permit arrangements in Victoria, visit Vic Gov.

*CORRECTION: This story originally said the couple have been fined. The fines have yet to be issued.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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