A man and woman have been charged after being caught in the same room at a Covid hotel before being forced to explain why.
Two people in quarantine at an Adelaide medi hotel allegedly breached public health directions because they were trying to work out how to call hotel staff for assistance, a court has heard.
Ashley Thomas Clements, 22, and Isabell Grant, 18, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrate Court via video link on Friday after they were each charged with breaching the Emergency Management Act.
The pair was arrested at about 10.45pm on Thursday night over the incident, where the woman allegedly left her hotel room and entered the man’s room.
The court heard Ms Grant left her room and knocked on Mr Clements’ door to ask what the correct phone number was to contact staff about concerns related to her hotel quarantine.
Mr Clements, from Kilmore in Victoria, applied for bail as he was to complete his 14 days of quarantine on Saturday.
His lawyer said her client had returned negative Covid-19 tests and was due to get his second Pfizer vaccination next week.
She said Mr Clements was supposed to fly to Western Australia on Sunday to start work as a FIFO plumber.
“It wasn’t a complete disregard (of the rules). He was just seeking to assist a fellow person in quarantine,” the lawyer said.
The police prosecutor opposed bail and said the defendant had a “disregard” for the Covid-19 related rules and his actions had the potential to put others at risk.
Magistrate Brett Dixon denied the bail request and said he believed Mr Clements should start his isolation period again because he went into a public area.
“In any event, I don’t think you can be trusted to comply with the rules of quarantine … or to return to South Australia if you were granted permission to travel interstate,” the magistrate said.
“Some people in the community need to be told and shown that these requirements must be treated with respect.
“It puts (others) at risk when people like you risk the quarantine requirements.”
Ms Grant, from Keswick in Adelaide’s inner southwest, appeared later in the afternoon and is due to reappear in court in November.