Confirmation today that the Andrews Labor Government has granted six hotel quarantine exemptions to returned travellers since April raises several concerning questions related to Victoria’s current COVID-19 outbreak.

This concerning revelation comes as Victoria prepares for Labor’s current seven-day circuit breaker lockdown to be extended – costing Victorian businesses, workers and families more than $1 billion a week.

With reports that at least one of these six returned travellers having arrived from India, the Andrews Labor Government must come clean with Victorians and answer the following questions:

With a missing link between the Wollert cluster and all cases in this current outbreak, Labor must immediately come clean on any connection between their hotel quarantine exemptions and Victoria’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police and Crime Prevention, David Southwick:

“Serious questions surround the Andrews Labor Government’s granting of hotel quarantine free passes and Victoria’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

“Labor must come clean with the Victorian community today and answer why these exemptions were granted and what impact it has had on community safety.”