Three Melbourne residents have been caught trying to get into New Zealand during Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown.
Key points:

  • The NZ Herald reported they were going to a funeral
  • All three have returned negative “day zero” tests
  • Jacinda Ardern said there were consequences for people who “deliberately” breached the rules

Australia and New Zealand still have a travel bubble arrangement in place, but travel from Victoria was “paused” last month after the latest coronavirus outbreak began.
New Zealand director general of health Ashley Bloomfield, told a press conference on Wednesday that the three drove from Melbourne to Sydney and then flew to Auckland last week. 
The NZ Herald reported they were going to attend a funeral and they would have to pay for their quarantine stay.
“Those three people were identified when they arrived and were immediately transferred to a managed isolation facility in Auckland where they will remain for a 14-day period,” Dr Bloomfield said.
He said they had all returned negative “day zero” tests.
Anyone who planned to take advantage of the travel bubble should have a plan in place in case there was a disruption such as the outbreak in Melbourne, he added. 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the episode demonstrated that even when people were making “a deliberate attempt to get through” the mechanisms in place would pick them up.   
“For anyone considering breaching the rules that we have in place, you see in this case the family has been picked up and they have been put into a managed isolation facility, so there are consequences,” Ms Ardern said.
“As for fines, those decisions sit elsewhere.”
A spokesperson for the Australian Department of Home Affairs said: “The Department of Home Affairs is not the right department to respond to your question”.
Victoria Police said they were unaware of the case and declined to comment.
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