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COVID-19 – Non-compliance warning

01 July 2020

In the last two days police have issued a further nine 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.

Eight people in Darwin, aged between 21 and 42, were all found to be absent from their homes 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.

On Tuesday 30 June 2020, compliance teams were conducting checks on a 32-year-old man in Alice Springs. He returned to his residence while Police were present, and stated he had been driving around.

Acting Commander Shaun Gill said, “Police have now issued more than 100 infringements for non-compliance.

“We will continue to conduct compliance checks and issue infringements. For those individuals who choose to repeatedly flout the rules we will find alternative accommodation for them”. 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.

20,813 compliance checks have now been completed and 103 fines issued.