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COVID-19 – Infringement notices

26 June 2020

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

Compliance teams continue to conduct checks on people who entered the Territory after the easing of quarantine restrictions, allowing people to nominate a place of quarantine rather than hotel accommodation.

Two people, aged 19 and 24, were both absent from their homes in Darwin at the time of checks. They were contacted by Police and were unable to provide a lawful justification as to why they were not quarantining.

A 27-year-old man, who travelled from Sydney to Darwin, breached quarantining when he was located inside a casino. Police located the man and he was escorted back in his hotel in Marrara.

A 57-year-old man was also absent from his hotel accommodation in Katherine at the time of checks. Police located the man and he was escorted back to his room.

Commander Matt Hollamby said, “Police have issued 12 infringements so far this week.

“Each person that has been issued an infringement has no justifiable reason to be breaching their quarantine and each represents a potential risk to the wider community. They are blatantly ignoring directions they are given when entering the Territory.”

The infringement penalty for an individual is $1,099 and $5,495 for a business.

NT Police and Environmental Health Officers continue to undertake compliance activities.

18,605 compliance checks have now been completed and 83 fines issued.