Australian Man Faces $50K Fine for Blowing Off Quarantine to Visit Girlfriend

April 7, 2020

iStock / Getty Images Plus


Thinking about breaking your coronavirus quarantine to go see your girlfriend? Australian authorities say, "Fine!" On Monday, a 35-year-old man from Victoria was charged in a Perth Magistrates Court after failing to comply with COVID-19 isolation guidelines, and now he may be forced to cough up a cool $50,000. According to The New York Post, the unidentified man was required to self-isolate at a Perth hotel for 14 days after traveling to West Australia on March 28. But this past weekend, he snuck out of his Travelodge because he “wanted to see his girlfriend” and had no one to bring him food, authorities say. After being contacted by hotel staff, police waited for him to return to his room and told him to stay put--but he went out again hours later through a fire escape door and an emergency stairwell, not returning until the wee hours of the following morning. After the man was denied bail on Monday, WA Premier Mark McGowan said, “Custody is far worse than staying in a hotel. He has already suffered a consequence. He can now suffer a penalty of up to $50,000 and further incarceration...He has done the wrong thing, he has been caught. I expect the law will deal with him fairly harshly.”