A man who entered Tasmania without “the necessary approvals” on Monday and left hotel quarantine tested positive for COVID-19, Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein confirmed.
âUnfortunately, I have been informed that a 31 year old man from NSW arriving in Tasmania via Melbourne on Monday evening, despite his pass being refused, was placed in quarantine at the Travelodge hotel in Hobart that night. “, says Mr. Gutwein.
“Following a well-being check undertaken by hotel security in the early afternoon, the traveler was found not to be in his room.
“The Tasmanian Police were immediately notified and a check of the Travelodge Hobart hotel was undertaken to attempt to locate it and also to confirm that all other hotel guests were being accommodated according to the accommodation register.
âYesterday afternoon at around 4:45 pm (AEDT), the 31-year-old was located by Tasmanian police at an address in the northern suburbs of Hobart.
“He was immediately returned to quarantine at the hotel and given additional security.”
The 31-year-old will receive two fines totaling just over $ 3,000; including one for violating quarantine and one for attempting to enter the state without the necessary approvals.