That’s a pricey Macca’s run! Man who was ordered to self-isolate at home is forced to pay for hotel quarantine after being busted breaking Covid rules to get some McDonald’s
- Police conducting compliance checks caught the 34-year-old in the car park
- It’s understood the man was a close contact of someone infected with the virus
- Body cam footage showed an officer introduce herself as the ‘COVID unit’
A man who was busted by police breaking Covid restrictions by driving to McDonald’s will now have to pay for hotel quarantine.
Police conducting compliance checks caught the unsuspecting 34-year-old in the car park of the fast food restaurant in Cairns in far north Queensland.
It’s understood the man was a close contact of someone infected with the virus and had been ordered to isolate at his home.
Police body-cam footage showed an officer introduce herself as part of the ‘Covid unit’ to the driver who was blurred out in the clip.
Police conducting compliance checks caught the unsuspecting 34-year-old in the car park of the fast food restaurant in Cairns in far north Queensland
‘You’ve left your residence, what’s happened? Why did you do that today?’ the cop asked him.
‘Is there any reason or emergency why you’ve breached that quarantine direction given to you?’
‘Your actions today have shown me that you are unable to comply with the quarantine directions, so we are going to put you in government accommodation at your own expense. You’ll have to quarantine there.’
The female officer told the man Queensland Police don’t ‘muck around with Covid’.
‘I understand that you weren’t aware that you’ve had close contact with someone… but once you’re given a direction and you’re told to stay home it is very clear that you are not to leave your address, unless for medical treatment, medical services or any medical emergency situation.
‘Coming to McDonald’s is definitely not that.’
The man was taken to government accommodation and will be forced to cover the cost himself.
The female officer told the man Queensland Police don’t ‘muck around with COVID’
Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath is concerned about undetected coronavirus cases in the state after two people tested positive for COVID-19.
Ms D’Ath said a man in his 40s who visited Sydney’s northern beaches and a female superyacht crew member in her 20s in Cairns have the virus.
Queensland has now 100 days without community spread, and the 23,609 tests conducted in the last 48 hours had found only two COVID-19 cases.
But those two cases and sewage tests at Wynnum, Bargara and Bundaberg show there are more positive cases in the state.