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Breach of COVID-19 management plan – Darwin

20 October 2020

he man from regional Victoria had been approved to undertake essential work and arrived in the Northern Territory on Friday 16 October 2020.

He underwent a test which returned a negative result. Under his COVID-19 safety management plan, the man was required to quarantine in Darwin before attending his place of work.

A compliance team conducted a check at his accommodation on Monday 19 October 2020 however, the man was not present at the time. He was contacted by police and was told to immediately return to his accommodation.

The man has since returned a second negative test however, will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine.

While the region the man came from is deemed low-risk, failure to adhere to his COVID-19 plan is considered a serious breach.

Additionally, an 18-year-old man has been issued with an infringement notice after failing to wear a mask in the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility as per quarantine requirements. The man had been previously cautioned on a number of occasions.

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environment Health Act 2011 is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

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

32,955 compliance checks have now been completed and 152 fines have been issued.