Riverland man and three others arrested at Adelaide hotel after alleged COVID-19 breach of border

Three people arrested at the Adelaide Medical Hotel this afternoon were among four arrested after trying to reach South Australia from New South Wales and Victoria, police said.

Their car was parked on a dirt road near Luxton, in Riverland, around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

South Australia’s borders are closed to New South Wales and Victoria due to the COVID-19 outbreak in those states.

Police say the man in the car – a 34-year-old from New South Wales – admitted he was in a “no-go zone” and was arrested.

Appeared in court today.

Police said the other three occupants of the car gave conflicting accounts of their whereabouts in the past 24 hours and were taken to the Pullman Adelaide Hotel while their movements are being investigated.

The trio were arrested at the hotel around 3:30 p.m. today and charged with violating the Emergency Management Act.

Police have denied bail to a 50-year-old Victorian, a 31-year-old New South Wales woman and a 32-year-old NSW man who were expected to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday.

A police van with the three people arrested in it leaves the Pullman Adelaide Hotel.(ABC News: Natasha Thiel)

Police arrested a man staying at the same hotel on Tuesday and charged him with violating COVID-19 directives.

Adelaide Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that the accused had mental health problems and that his alleged behavior did not threaten society.

Two Victorian men the same court heard were rude and abusive to hotel staff when they violated quarantine directives in August were sentenced to more than a month in prison.

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