‘Nobody is above these rules’: Queensland doctor, 38, is fined $4,003 for LYING about returning from a coronavirus hotspot in Melbourne
- Queensland doctor was fined $4,003 for lying on border declaration form
- Police said he lied after arriving from Melbourne coronavirus hotspot on July 12
- He was put into hotel quarantine once the alleged lies were uncovered by police
A Queensland doctor has been fined for lying about returning from a coronavirus hotspot on his border declaration form.
The 38-year-old from Rockhampton, central Queensland, returned home from a personal trip to Melbourne on July 12.
The doctor, who thought he was exempt due to his profession, was handed an infringement notice the next day, fined $4003, and sent to hotel quarantine.
A Queensland doctor has been fined for lying about returning from a coronavirus hotspot on his border declaration. Pictured: Border set up on the Gold Coast
Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles said the behaviour wasn’t acceptable from anyone ‘let alone a health professional’.
He said the doctor should have known the rules are in place to keep Queenslanders safe.
‘This should send a strong message to the community that the police are checking and if you break these restrictions, the penalties are very significant,’ Mr Miles said, Courier Mail reported.
‘I know that having to go into quarantine is an inconvenience for some, but nobody is above these rules, no matter what their profession.’
Those travelling to Queensland from Victoria or the local government areas of Campbelltown or Liverpool in New South Wales must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.
The same rules apply to returning overseas travellers.
Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles (pictured) said the behaviour wasn’t acceptable from anyone ‘let alone a health professional’