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Victorian couple who fled the state for Queensland during lockdown FINED for bringing Covid north 

A Victorian couple who fled the state during its strict Covid-19 lockdown and went on an interstate road trip into Queensland have both been fined for bringing the virus into the Sunshine State.

The pair escaped Victoria's 'circuit breaker' lockdown on June 1 and went on a 1,900km road trip through regional communities in New South Wales before arriving in Queensland on June 5. 

Victorians were forbidden from travelling more than five kilometres from home when the couple began their trip. 

The woman, 44, tested positive to the virus on June 9 and authorities confirmed her husband, 48, had also contracted the virus the next day.

Queensland Police said on Friday the couple - who were moving for work - deliberately provided false information to the state's authorities on their border declarations. 

The couple have both been fined $4,003 for breaching the Queensland chief health officer's directions but avoided the maximum penalty of six months in jail.

A couple who fled Victoria during its strict Covid-19 lockdown and went on an interstate road trip into Queensland will not be fined for bringing the virus into the Sunshine State 

'Police will allege the duo travelled into Queensland on June 5, via Goondiwindi after having been in Victoria and deliberately provided false information to obtain a Queensland Border Declaration Pass ‘G’ pass,' a police spokesman said.  

About 400 people were forced into isolation and are getting tested as a result of the couple's arrival on Saturday after a road trip from Melton in Melbourne, through NSW and into Queensland. 

They are known to have visited sites in Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and the southern Sunshine Coast. 

The couple were both taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital but have since been released. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said last week their interstate trip put her state's residents at risk and the pair should have stayed in Victoria. 

'Everyone needs to do the right thing. There was a lockdown on... they shouldn’t have left Victoria. It just puts people at risk,' she said.

Kim Fetherstone, who owns the Vandenberg Hotel in Forbes in NSW's Central West, closed her pub for deep cleaning when she discovered a Victorian woman and her husband had dined there while infectious.

Three states were left scrambling to contain a Covid outbreak after an infected woman left locked-down Melbourne and drove through NSW to the Sunshine Coast (Mooloolaba pictured)

A drive-through queue is pictured at the Vandenberg Hotel in Forbes, NSW after the Covid infected couple travelled through the town

Ms Featherstone said at the time the closure on State of Origin night cost her at least $7,000.    

NSW did not shut its border with Victoria, but any travellers from the state were supposed to abide by the lockdown rules even in NSW.

Queensland required all Victorian arrivals to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.  

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