Guests quarantining at a Melbourne hotel were allegedly allowed to leave the hotel to go shopping, according to new allegations.

The Herald Sun reports that guards responsible for ensuring that people were locked down in their hotel rooms, took returned travellers shopping to convenience stores and busy shopping centres.

While another guard is alleged to have worked as an Uber driver while employed at the hotel.

The claims are the latest in a string of allegations against the hotels and private security contractors responsible for Melbourne’s hotel quarantine program.

The news comes after the state government confirmed that veteran judge Jennifer Coate will head up an inquiry into the quarantine situation.

Victoria currently has 415 confirmed active cases of COVID-19, with a large proportion being tracked back to infection control breaches by security staff at Melbourne’s quarantine hotels.