Questions surround Labor’s hotel quarantine free passes

Confirmation today that the Andrews Labor Government has granted six hotel quarantine exemptions to returned travellers since April raises several concerning questions related to Victoria’s current COVID-19 outbreak.

This concerning revelation comes as Victoria prepares for Labor’s current seven-day circuit breaker lockdown to be extended – costing Victorian businesses, workers and families more than $1 billion a week.

With reports that at least one of these six returned travellers having arrived from India, the Andrews Labor Government must come clean with Victorians and answer the following questions:

  • Why were each of these six hotel quarantine exemptions granted?

  • What Country did each of these travellers arrive from?

  • Did each of these returned travellers test negative for COVID-19 before these exemptions were granted?

  • Did each of these returned travellers test negative for COVID-19 before they were released from home quarantine?

  • Did each of these travellers complete 14 days home quarantine?

  • Did any of these travellers leave home quarantine at any point before its completion?

  • In what suburb did each of these returned travellers complete their home quarantine?

  • What arrangements were made to ensure any potential COVID-19 virus did not escape home quarantine?

  • Will the Andrews Labor Government rule out any links between the current COVID-19 outbreak and these six hotel quarantine exemptions?

With a missing link between the Wollert cluster and all cases in this current outbreak, Labor must immediately come clean on any connection between their hotel quarantine exemptions and Victoria’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police and Crime Prevention, David Southwick:

“Serious questions surround the Andrews Labor Government’s granting of hotel quarantine free passes and Victoria’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

“Labor must come clean with the Victorian community today and answer why these exemptions were granted and what impact it has had on community safety.”

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