Man leaves quarantine to 'lodge tax return'

Ash Cant
·2-min read

Police have issued an infringement notice to a 41-year-old man who left the hotel he was quarantining in to to lodge his tax return.

According to Northern Territory Police, the man arrived from South Australia by road and initially travelled to a Central Australian community.

He was then transferred to Alice Springs where he was to complete his quarantine in a hotel.

“He was located away from his place of quarantine and stated he had left because he was getting his tax done,” police said in a statement.

The man was one of six individuals in the territory to get an infringement notice over the past two days.

A man broke out of quarantine in the Northern Territory to go do his tax, according to police. Source: AAP
A man broke out of quarantine in the Northern Territory to go do his tax, according to police. Source: AAP

“The vast majority of people in quarantine are doing the right thing, and we thank them for that,” Incident Controller Commander Matthew Hollamby said in a statement.

“But it only takes one person to put everything at risk.

“We’re seeing what’s happening interstate and overseas – now is not the time to get complacent or disregard instructions. We need to follow the rules and guidance set by our health experts.”

There are currently two active cases of coronavirus in the territory, with 32 confirmed cases overall.

To protect territories from coronavirus, the government issued shut borders, meaning returning residents and travellers from other states had to quarantine for 14 days upon returning.

Northern Territory set to open borders on Friday

The Northern Territory is set to open its borders on Friday, but will exclude parts of Australia which have seen a surge in coronavirus cases.

On Wednesday, the NT declared Sydney a coronavirus hotspot and will keep quarantine restrictions in place, which are similar to the restrictions for anyone travelling from Victoria.

Anyone from Sydney and Victoria entering the territory will have to undergo 14 days in quarantine and charged $2500 for their supervised stay at a hotel.

Travellers from any other part of the country can enjoy the removal of restrictions come Friday.

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