MAN AT COVID RISK ‘WAVED THROUGH’
A GOLD Coast resident who spent six weeks in a Sydney area where several people contracted coronavirus said he was able to cross the Queensland border twice despite identifying he was at risk.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, admits he “broke the law” by crossing the border at Tugun. He said he registered for a Queensland Border Pass and printed off the letter ‘R’ after answering yes to the question ‘have you been in a hotspot?’’
“I had it printed and put it on the dash and when I got to (the Tugun border about three weeks ago), I got waved straight through,’’ he said.
The man had travelled to Sydney to help his mate on a project after losing his job on the Gold Coast 10 weeks ago.
After returning home he said he was “doing the right thing as far as self-quarantine goes”. He also travelled to North Coast NSW to pick up a relative.
A GOLD Coast resident admits he “broke the law” by crossing the Queensland border twice after visiting a coronavirus hotspot in NSW.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he passed over the border at Tugun three weeks ago after spending six weeks in a coronavirus hotspot in Ryde, Sydney.
He has questioned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who made the decision this week to keep the border closed indefinitely.
As of midnight on Friday, April 3, border restrictions were in place stopping anyone who is not a Queensland resident or considered exempt from the restrictions from entering the state.
If you had visited a hotspot in Australia, you were required to self-quarantine after crossing Queensland borders.
After the man lost his job on the Gold Coast 10 weeks ago, he travelled to Sydney to help a mate with a project.
He spent six weeks in the area where several people contracted coronavirus.
But desperate to return home, he registered for a Queensland Border Pass and set off on his journey.
“I registered about a week prior to coming back (to the Gold Coast). This was about three weeks ago,” he told the Bulletin.
“When I went online (to register). The questions asked ‘have you been in a hotspot?’
“From where I had been, I said yes. Everyone has the letter ‘A’ on their windscreen. When I printed it off, I had the letter ‘R’.
“I had it printed and put it on the dash and when I got to (the Tugun border about three weeks ago), I got waved straight through. I basically just drove straight through.”
The man says he wasn’t questioned, stopped or fined when passing the border at Tugun.
Days later, the man said he started to feel sick and went to a Gold Coast hospital and was tested for coronavirus.
But in the midst of awaiting for results, he travelled to North Coast NSW to pick up a relative before returning to Queensland.
“The next day I got negative (results back), but that’s not the point.
“Why do they have the border closed for if this is happening”
“The border closure doesn’t seem to make much sense.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declined to answer the Bulletin’s questions saying it was a police matter.
A Queensland Police spokesman said they had stopped 190,000 cars at the state border, with those found to be flouting the laws issued $1334 fines.
“While some restrictions are easing in Queensland, border restrictions have not and anyone crossing the border requires a valid Queensland Entry Pass,” he said.