Tasmania Police have responded to two incidents of COVID-19 non-compliance at Hobart quarantine hotels this weekend.
There is no indication any members of the community were at risk during either incident.
On Saturday afternoon, security at one hotel contacted police after a 48-year-old Glenorchy man, who had recently returned from Queensland and was required to complete 14 days hotel quarantine, attempted to leave the hotel.
He was apprehended at the time by security at the hotel and received an infringement notice from police.
On Saturday night, police were called by security at another hotel and were advised a 37-year-old Claremont man, who had also returned from Queensland and was required to complete 14 days hotel quarantine, was found to have left the premises.
Police arrested the man at his home in Claremont later in the evening.
He was charged with COVID-related offences and bailed to complete the remainder of his quarantine at the hotel as required.
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Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said the two incidents were not acceptable.
“It is selfish and unacceptable that people think they do not have to follow the rules that are in place,” Assistant Commissioner Higgins said.
“These rules are in place to keep our community safe.
“Two weeks of personal inconvenience pales in comparison to the benefit of protecting the lives of 500,000 plus Tasmanians.
“I want to make it very clear to those required to quarantine in hotels or at home that you are doing so to stop COVID-19 from being transferred to anyone here in Tasmania.
“If you have been interstate there is a chance you have been exposed to the virus.
“We need to make sure that anyone coming to our state is doing so safely, protecting our community and way of life.”