Christian leader boasts of his ‘sneaky run’ across the border for a holiday – but police see his tweet and are now looking into possible violation of Queensland’s border closure
- Lyle Shelton claimed he snuck into NSW from Queensland on Sunda
- He shared a selfie and other images of his apparent breach of COVID-19 rules
- Queensland Police said they were investigating after seeing Shelton’s tweet
- The Queensland border is closed to NSW due to Northern Beaches outbreak
The former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby group Lyle Shelton took to Twitter on Sunday and shared a selfie and images of other locations in NSW.
‘Sneaky run across the border and back. Avoided the CCP virus police,’ he captioned the tweet.
The former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby group Lyle Shelton took to Twitter on Sunday and shared a selfie and images of other locations in NSW
This prompted Queensland Police to investigate Shelton’s alleged violation of the COVID rules in place
Social media users kicked up a storm for Shelton’s apparent disregard for border closure and people’s safety.
This then prompted Queensland Police to investigate Shelton’s apparent violation of the COVID rules in place.
‘We are aware of this tweet and making further enquiries,’ they tweeted in response.
Twitter users called for a harsh penalty if Shelton is found to have actually breached rules and called on the police to check his phone location.
Lyle Shelton (pictured) shared a selfie after claiming to have snuck into New South Wales from Queensland
One of the images Shelton shared after claiming to have snuck into NSW on Sunday
‘Make sure to access his phone to check his locations at certain times,’ one wrote.
‘Please don’t let him off because of his connections. He endangers every one of us, so blatantly (and proudly) flouting the rules,’ another commented.
”Please. Please. Make an example of this high profile #COVIDIOT,’ someone else commented.
Due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Beaches and Sydney’s west, Queensland has once again shut its borders to NSW residents.
Anyone who would like to enter has to apply for a border permit.
Fines of $4,003 apply to anyone found to be breaking the rules.
Shelton was a prominent voice during the gay marriage debate, when he advocated for the ‘no vote’.
‘I think there are millions of Australians who still believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that is a public good,’ he previously said
‘And there may be a time in the future when we can persuade our fellow Australians to that position once again.’
COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
- Western Australia – All NSW residents are banned from entering WA. Anyone who enters the state will be ‘sent back’, according to Premier Mark McGowan.
- Victoria – A hard border has been put up, with the entire state of NSW declared a red zone. If people cross into Victoria before 11.59pm on New Year’s Eve, they must self- isolate until they test negative. If they enter before 11.59pm on New Year’s Day, they must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of test results. If they cross into the state after January 1, they must spend two weeks in mandatory hotel quarantine.
- Northern Territory – The state has declared greater metropolitan Sydney as a Covid-19 hotspot, and travellers will need to undergo 14 days of supervised quarantine.
- South Australia – Harder border closure to all NSW residents from midnight on New Year’s Eve. Returning South Australians must quarantine for 14 days. A 100km border buffer zone, including Broken Hill and Wentworth, will be exempt.
- Queensland – Queensland has shut its borders to Greater Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast. Locals returning to the Sunshine State from a hotspot must isolate.
- ACT – Anyone travelling to the ACT from a Covid-19 hotspot in NSW will now require an exemption. People from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong will not be legally permitted to enter the ACT without a valid pass from midday on Saturday January 2.
- Tasmania – Northern Beaches residents banned. All people from Greater Sydney must also quarantine upon entry.