Key move that could have stopped spread
A state controller of the COVID-19 response says a more visible police presence at Melbourne’s quarantine hotels would have provided a good example for security guards on the frontline.
Andrea Spiteri said she couldn’t recall when she made her views known, but she would have told the health department’s deputy secretary Melissa Skilbeck and other agency commanders.
But she says it would have been preferable to have a small police presence at each hotel 24/7 in addition to security.
It came after concerns regarding some guards acting inappropriately on the job.
Ms Spiteri said while there was an escalation process in place, having actual police there could have changed things.
“I felt that a small uniformed presence of Victoria Police within the hotel environment could have…