Money Talks: Australian woman’s rage after returning from a coronavirus-free nation to be quarantined for two weeks in a hotel – while Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are allowed to stay in their $ 6.5 million mansion
- Nicola Ferguson traveled to New Zealand to say goodbye to her dying mother
- Australian woman thinks it is unfair that she has to be quarantined when she returns to a hotel
- New Zealand has essentially eliminated the coronavirus, while Australia has not
- Celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are quarantined at home
An Australian traveler who has left the country to say goodbye to her dying mother has criticized the government for giving celebrities “special treatment” with hotel quarantine.
Nicola Ferguson will have to wait for her 14-day government-mandated quarantine at a hotel when she returns home from New Zealand – which has no cases of COVID-19 in the community.
Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman and Danni Minogue received special exceptions that allowed them to isolate themselves in the comfort of their own homes when they returned to Australia.
Ms Ferguson said that income should not make a difference when it comes to health and safety regulations.
Nicola Ferguson (pictured) is frustrated by celebrities who receive special treatment after her own exemption is rolled back to skip hotel quarantine from coronavirus-free New Zealand
“Money clearly speaks louder than the average taxpayer in Australia,” she said Nine.
Ms Ferguson applied for an exemption after returning from New Zealand – which has no community transmission cases – where she had comforted her mother in her dying days and organized her funeral.
Her application was rejected by Queensland Health because it “did not meet the threshold for exceptional circumstances”.
Ms Ferguson said it makes no sense for her to isolate when New Zealand is essentially free of the virus.
Ms Ferguson said income shouldn’t make a difference when it comes to health and safety regulations (Photo: Warren Theobald looking out the window while staying in Brisbane hotel quarantine)
Insulate in luxury: Instead of two weeks of hotel quarantine, Nicole and Keith stay on their Southern Highlands estate (pictured), featuring traditional sandstone porches, pressed metal ceilings, a grand cedar staircase and 10 original marble fireplaces
Australian actress Nicole Kidman (right), her country singer husband Keith Urban (left) and their two daughters landed in Sydney on a private jet from the US on Monday morning. They are quarantined in a mansion rather than a hotel
Returning travelers have been forced to remain locked in state-approved hotel rooms for 14 days as of March 28 as part of government protocols for COVID-19.
A-listers Nicole Kidman, 53 and Keith Urban, 52, arrived in Sydney on a private jet this week and headed straight to their $ 6.5 million mansion in the Southern Highlands.
A-listers Nicole Kidman, 53 and Keith Urban, 52 landed in Sydney on a private jet this week and went straight to their $ 6.5 million mansion in the Southern Highlands
The couple were given permission by the New South Wales government to isolate themselves at home instead of staying in a quarantine hotel for two weeks.
Rather than being locked in a room while avoiding the hefty bill of the hotel quarantine, Kidman and her family have 45 acres to roam during their two weeks of self-isolation, along with access to their own pool, gym and large tennis court.
It comes a week after The Masked Singer judge Dannii Minogue and her young son Ethan received medical exemptions from quarantine in a private Gold Coast property after arriving from the US.
Dannii Minogue (pictured) enjoys her time in self-isolation on a private Gold Coast property after returning from the US last week