Neighbours complain country music legend was not forced into hotel quarantine after returning from Victoria
- John Williamson, 74, was in regional Victoria for a series of shows in late May
- He flew to Sydney on May 27, and returned home to Queensland on June 3
- People who were in Victoria for 14 days prior to May 28 were told to quarantine
- The singer did not go to Melbourne and was not ordered to quarantine in Qld
Prying neighbours have accused Aussie music icon John Williamson of failing to quarantine after travelling interstate
Prying neighbours have accused Aussie music icon John Williamson of failing to quarantine after travelling interstate from Covid-addled Victoria, but the singer claims the rules were unclear and he would have isolated if told to.
The ‘True Blue’ vocalist was in regional Victoria for a series of shows in late May, when the state was plunged into its fourth lockdown after a fresh wave of infections.
A mandatory 14-day quarantine period was implemented for anyone returning to Queensland from Victoria after 1am on May 27 – the day the 74-year-old and his wife left Melbourne Airport for Sydney.
He stayed in Sydney for a week before returning home to Springbrook, near the Gold Coast, on June 3.
Concerned locals said the singer started moving around the small town immediately after his return, without spending any time in hotel quarantine.
The ‘True Blue’ vocalist was in regional Victoria for a series of shows in late May, when the state was plunged into its fourth lockdown after a fresh wave of infections
A mandatory 14-day quarantine period was implemented for anyone returning to Queensland from Victoria after 1am on May 27 – the day Williamson and his wife Meg Doyle (pictured) left Melbourne
Queensland declared all of Victoria a hotspot from 1am on May 28 and banned anyone who had been in the southern state within the past 14 days from entering unless they were a returning resident.
‘Anyone who is allowed to enter Queensland will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine in Brisbane,’ the announcement said.
However, there was no advice on Queensland Health’s website for people, like Williamson, who had travelled from Victoria to Queensland, via New South Wales.
A spokeswoman for Williamson told the Gold Coast Bulletin that he had no intention of ignoring public health orders and that it was a simple case of confusion.
Pictured: A man wearing a face mask in Melbourne amid the city’s fourth Covid lockdown
Health workers conducting Covid tests in Melbourne amid a wave of fresh cases
‘He came into Melbourne to go straight to the airport and flew to Sydney. He spent no time in Greater Melbourne,’ she said.
‘When John flew back into Queensland he was not stopped or advised by anyone that he needed to quarantine – in a hotel or at home.
‘If someone had made him aware of this he would have complied and it would not have been an issue.’
John Williamson (pictured) recently announced that 2021 would be his last touring year
She added that no one in Williamson’s entourage was aware they had to quarantine because they had only been in regional Victoria, which was unaffected by Covid.
He recently announced that 2021 would be his last touring year.
The spokeswoman said it was a ‘shame’ that some members of the community felt the need to target him.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted John Williamson for comment.