Man accused of breaching quarantine visited Northbridge venue after travelling to WA from SA

Shannon Hampton & Peter LawThe West Australian
Police say a concerned member of the public contacted them to report that a man at a venue on Lake Street was claiming he was meant to be in self-quarantine.
Camera IconPolice say a concerned member of the public contacted them to report that a man at a venue on Lake Street was claiming he was meant to be in self-quarantine. Credit: WA News

A 42-year-old man is due in court today on allegations he visited a Northbridge venue last night while he was supposed to be in self-quarantine after travelling to WA from South Australia.

According to police, the man arrived in Perth on a flight from SA on November 16 after being granted approval to travel to enter the State for work purposes.

He was allegedly told to self-quarantine for 14 days at a residence in Cannington, but “due to unplanned maintenance” he was allowed to relocate to “suitable accommodation” in Northbridge yesterday.

Hours later, police say a concerned member of the public contacted them to report that a man at a licensed venue on Lake Street was claiming he was meant to be in self-quarantine.

“Police attended the scene and located the man,” police say. “Upon establishing his identity, and confirming his self-quarantine status, he was arrested and taken to the Perth Watch House.”

The man, who would have finished his self-quarantining period in two days, was refused bail and is due to appear in Northbridge Magistrate’s Court today.

Health Minister Roger Cook said he understood the man had arrived in WA as part of a “FIFO arrangement”.

“He received a day 11 test and then thought, once that test had delivered a negative result, that he was entitled to go out into the community and potentially mentioned to other people about his newfound freedom,” Mr Cook said.

“That's not the way it works. You have to stay in quarantine for the full 14 days, and so that that gentleman has breached and he is being assisted by police.”

Mr Cook said there was currently about 4600 in self-quarantine in WA, of which 62 per cent were using the G2G Now app which allows police check on them remotely.

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