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COVID-19 – Notice to Appear – Darwin

27 August 2020

On 31 July 2020, a 36-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man entered the Northern Territory (NT) from Queensland through the Barkly Highway Border Control Checkpoint.

Both parties listed a location in NSW as their only destination in the last 28 days prior to arrival. It was later identified they had been in a Victorian hotspot prior to entering the NT.

The pair will face court on 14 November 2020.

Incident Controller acting Commander Sachin Sharma said there is zero tolerance for providing false information to police about your travel arrangements.

“Police and our partnered agencies will continue to take all necessary actions to ensure the wellbeing and safety of Territorians.

“We encourage cooperation from the public but will enforce all CHO directions to ensure compliance.

“The majority of those who have entered the Northern Territory have followed the advice of authorities.”

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

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business. 32,047 compliance checks have now been completed and 150 fines issued.