Another covidiot fined for breaching self-quarantine in Darwin

by | Nov 27, 2020 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

A Darwin man who had travelled to Southeast Asian countries for work has been slapped with a $5,056 infringement penalty for allegedly breaching mandatory self-quarantine after he was spotted shopping and attending a bank while not wearing a mask, NT police said.

The man returned to Darwin on November 18 from Indonesia and Timor L’Este for a job-related travel.

He was mandated to self-isolate at home under a management plan set by the chief health officer. However, police and health authorities did not explain the details of why the man was permitted to self-isolate.

NT police said he was seen at a local shopping centre and also attended a bank, not wearing a face mask at either location.

Police did not disclose what shopping centre or bank he was spotted at, but said he did not have an exemption to leave his home.

It appears the man will be allowed to continue to self-isolate at home, despite the breach.

“It is unacceptable that we are still finding people flouting the rules and risking everyone’s safety. There is no room for complacency with this pandemic,” Incident Controller Commander Shaun Gill said.

Police said they have now issued 161 infringement notices in relation COVID-19 enforcement measures.

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the CHO’s Directions is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

Meanwhile, there have been three new positive cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to six this week alone. All of which are connected to repatriation flights from India.

The NT now has a total of 19 active coronavirus positive cases.

All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission.

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