Two cleaners at the Travelodge hotel in Sydney on Wednesday, August 26. Picture: Christian Gilles
Two cleaners at the Travelodge hotel in Sydney on Wednesday, August 26. Picture: Christian Gilles

Almost 400 people COVID isolate in Coast hotels

There have been 378 people placed in mandatory hotel quarantine on the Sunshine Coast since late August.

Sunshine Coast District Superintendent Craig Hawkins said 14 people were currently in quarantine for the required two-week period.

Supt Hawkins said the majority of people in quarantine during that time had been people with links to the Coast or here for welfare concerns such as medical or visiting loved ones.

He said there had been no issues at all.

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It has been almost a month since the Coast's last positive coronavirus case was recorded.

"Everyone well and truly understands the processes we have in place now," Supt Hawkins said.

"As of yesterday (Wednesday) we have 14 in quarantine.

"We are getting assistance from Brisbane hotels to take some people through our airport.

"We aren't really taking overseas travellers, the opposite, more from interstate."

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With flights now linked to the Coast to and from Canberra and travel restrictions lifting throughout the country, Supt Hawkins said there would be a greater police "commitment" to Sunshine Coast Airport.

"We aren't seeing remarkable numbers of arrivals but there will be an increase," he said.

"It's all going well.

"The process is well-defined now.

"We are managing it well."

Supt Hawkins said the message from police had not changed despite restrictions around the state being scaled back.


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