Freedomroo – The ‘staggering’ hotel quarantine breach that put Adelaide at risk of another outbreak 

Two male cleaners mistakenly entered through a back door of the Pullman Hotel on February 6

Revealed: The ‘staggering’ hotel quarantine breach that put an Australian city at risk of another outbreak

  • Two male cleaners mistakenly entered through a back door of the Pullman Hotel
  • The pair were supposed to be cleaning a different apartment across the street
  • The hotel was blocked off to all members of the public to avoid spreading Covid

A ‘staggering’ medi-hotel breach that put Adelaide at risk of another Covid outbreak has been revealed.

Two male cleaners mistakenly entered through a back door of the Pullman Hotel on February 6.

The pair were supposed to be cleaning an apartment across the street, but instead entered the Pullman despite being an out of bounds ‘red zone’.

They were forced to undergo 14-day quarantine while health officials looked into how they were able to set foot in the hotel.

The building was blocked off to all members of the public to avoid spreading the virus from returning travellers quarantining inside.

Two male cleaners mistakenly entered through a back door of the Pullman Hotel on February 6

The building was blocked off to all members of the public to avoid spreading the virus from returning travellers quarantining inside.

The building was blocked off to all members of the public to avoid spreading the virus from returning travellers quarantining inside. 

It’s not known if the cleaners, who tested negative to Covid, faced any fines or disciplinary action over the breach.

It’s also unclear if the men will be made to foot the $3,000 bill for each of their stays in mandatory quarantine.

Opposition health spokesman Chris Picton said the breach shows ‘just how lax CBD medi-hotel security can be and why we need permanent facilities’.

‘It is beyond shocking that two people can just wander into our state’s major medi-hotel without being stopped,’ he told The Adelaide Advertiser. 

‘Three months after the Peppers Hotel outbreak, this staggering breach raises very serious questions about the government’s security measures.’

Cases at Peppers were linked to a growing cluster in Parafield in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, which sent the city into lockdown for three days in November. 

In January it was revealed almost 100 private security guards at the state’s medi-hotels were fired or stood down for a wide range of shocking protocol breaches.

An SA Police report recently given to a state parliamentary coronavirus committee disclosed that dozens of guards were stood down for shocking blunders. 

One guard was sacked after they were suspected of being drunk as they smelt of alcohol while on duty.

A second was fired after they impersonated an Australian Defence Force officer so they could park at a medi-hotel for free.

Another was dismissed after they uploaded a video on social media filmed at a medi-hotel while one was sacked for being disorderly.

In January it was revealed almost 100 private security guards at the state's medi-hotels were fired or stood down for a wide range of shocking protocol breaches

In January it was revealed almost 100 private security guards at the state’s medi-hotels were fired or stood down for a wide range of shocking protocol breaches

The final sacked security guard was caught sleeping on the job while guarding a floor where guests were in government-mandated quarantine.

Another 22 guards were lucky to avoid the same fate and were instead suspended for nodding off while on the job.

Around 35 were stood down for not wearing the correct personal protective equipment while another 30 were busted using their mobile phones while on duty.

In November, a security guard at the Peppers Hotel was identified as the state’s ‘patient zero’ who ultimately plunged SA into a strict lockdown.

It was initially believed the outbreak came from an infected cleaner at the medi-hotel.

Premier Steven Marshall said CCTV taken from the Adelaide hotel confirmed that no staff member had been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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