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COVID-19 – Infringement notice – Darwin

18 February 2021

A 36-year-old man from Sydney is the latest person to be issued an infringement for breaching the Chief Health Officer Directions.

The man was travelling for work and had arrived in Darwin at the end of January from a part of Sydney that was declared a hotspot after his arrival. He had been directed to self-quarantine and complete a COVID-19 test.

A compliance check on 30 January identified that the man was not at his nominated address.

He subsequently left Darwin as part of his work schedule.

On 18 February Northern Territory Police spoke to the man, who admitted the breach and accepted the fine.

Acting Commander Scott Pollock said, “It continues to disappoint us that even people who frequently travel interstate for work are failing to adhere to the Chief Health Officer Directions.

“We understand that self-quarantine can be stressful or boring, but it is necessary to do so when directed for the safety of the wider community.”

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.