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COVID-19 infringement notices - 9 April 2020

10 April 2020

Police have issued eight infringement notices for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011.

Last night, Northern Territory Police issued an infringement notice to a 32-year old woman who absconded from mandatory quarantine in Darwin. The woman arrived in the NT on 7 April 2020, travelling from Adelaide and was required to remain in a hotel for 14 days. Police located the woman and issued her a fine before returning her to her hotel.

A 22-year-old man in Araluen breached quarantine by leaving his house to register his new vehicle at the MVR. The man had returned to the NT by road from South Australia on 29 March 2020.

A further six people were issued with infringement notices relating to mass-gatherings.

Overnight, police attended multiple residences in Tennant Creek, after receiving reports of large gatherings at homes.

Upon arrival at the residences, police seized a large quantity of alcohol and dispersed the groups. The infringement notices were issued to five primary occupants of the properties.

At around 9pm, NT Police in Jabiru received reports of a large gathering of approximately 20 people. Upon arrival police begun educating those on the social gathering directions and the group begun to disperse.

A 63-year-old woman became aggressive towards police and refused to leave the location. She was issued with a fine for not abiding by the Chief Health Officer’s Directions.

NT Police, Public and Environmental Health officers and Australian Defence Force continue to undertake quarantine compliance checks to ensure people are completing their 14 days quarantine.

Physical distance monitoring and enforcing the public gathering limit of ten persons also continues. Territorians are strongly advised to observe the two person limit where possible.

The key message to all Territorians is to “Stay home, if you can”.

The public can be assured that fines will be issued to anyone not respecting the community and doing the right thing.

3630 compliance checks have now been completed with 17 fines issued.