Debbie Elford Biography — Wiki
Debbie Elford is a young New South Wales woman who allegedly fled Melbourne Airport with her husband Terry Elford after being told they’d have to quarantine have said they were confused about the rules. Terry and Debbie Elford arrived at Tullamarine Airport on the morning of New Year’s Day on a flight from Canberra.
Police accused the pair of running from an officer who told them to go into quarantine and then fleeing the airport in a van.
Debbie Elford Age
Debbie Elford is 24 years old.
Terry Elford and Debbie Elford fined $38,000 for ‘fleeing’ a Melbourne airport
The Elford couple from Goulburn in NSW apologized on Saturday for leaving the airport on Friday without going into mandatory quarantine. But the pair said officials at the airport couldn’t tell them whether or not they needed to quarantine and they were confused about the rules.
The Victorian border had closed to people from NSW coronavirus ‘red zone’ hotspots, but until midnight of New Year’s Day, Victorian residents returning from the rest of New South Wales had the option of self-isolation.
As of January 2, anybody entering Victoria including returning residents, from anywhere in NSW has to go into mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine. The young couple were not Victorian residents but said they were caught up in the confusion surrounding the changing regulations.
They said they had a permit to enter Victoria and because Goulburn was not a coronavirus hotspot they were confused and thought they could self-isolate.
Mr. Terry Elford apologized in a statement sent to the media on Saturday.
‘We had a permit, live in a green zone in NSW, were flying from Canberra airport which is allowed, and after we arrived in Tullamarine, we were stopped by DHS officers who were not able to tell us whether or not we needed to quarantine, so after about an hour or so we walked away.’
The couple apologized and said they were caught up in the confusion when the rules changed.
‘We really are very sorry for the mess that this has caused,’ Mr. Elford told news.com.au in a statement.
What we know so far about Terry Elford and Debbie Elford
The couple had gone to a family barbecue and flown into Canberra so Debbie could go to an obstetrics appointment on Tuesday.
Mr. Terry Elford said the young couple had told Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) about their plans before traveling. ‘We were really shocked when we woke this morning to this media story, and following that has proactively contacted our local police in Goulburn to sort this out,’ Mr. Elford said.
NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia the pair had handed themselves into Goulburn Police Station, in regional New South Wales, at 10 am on Saturday.
The couple said they had ‘pro-actively’ taken coronavirus tests and were self-isolating. Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday that the couple would be prosecuted.
‘Victoria Police and DHHS are investigating this matter,’ a DHHS spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
Victorian Minister for Health Martin Foley previously said the couple was facing fines of at least $19,000 each. The couple arrived just before Victoria introduced its hard border closure to NSW at 11.59 pm on New Years Day, requiring returning Victorians to go into 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine.