Woman issued with PIN after attempting to flee hotel quarantine

A woman has been issued with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) after allegedly attempting to flee a Sydney hotel where she was undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

On Tuesday 8 September 2020, the 51-year-old Strathfield woman arrived on a flight from Melbourne and was placed into quarantine at a hotel in Haymarket.

About midday yesterday (Thursday 10 September 2020), the woman allegedly left her hotel room and entered the corridor. She was spoken to by a security guard, and when questioned, claimed she was a staff member working at the hotel.

When the security guard asked her to produce identification, the woman allegedly fled through a fire exit.

She was immediately arrested by police on the street outside the hotel after they witnessed her running through the lobby.

The woman was escorted back to her hotel room and issued with a $1000 PIN.

Since Sunday 29 March 2020, more than 59,000 individuals have completed hotel quarantine in Sydney.

/Public Release. The material in this public release comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here.