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COVID-19 infringement notices - Darwin

27 January 2021

Northern Territory Police have issued infringement notices to five people for breaching self-quarantine in December last year.

The five individuals were in the NT prior to the Sydney and Northern Beaches hotspot declaration. When the hotspot was declared, all travellers who entered the NT after 18 December 2020, were asked to get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

Incident Controller Acting Commander Scott Pollock said, “We are still in the middle of a pandemic situation and we will continue to strongly enforce the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) directions.

“These five people ignored the request to self-quarantine and gambled with the lives of Territorians. As a result, they have received infringements for their actions.”

“If you lie, or are not honest with your recent location history when entering the NT we will investigate and, if you are found out, you will be fined. We will continue to pursue those who deliberately breach the directions of the NT Chief Health Officer to ensure our community remains safe from COVID-19.”

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.

36,162 compliance checks have now been completed and 169 fines issued.