COVIDIOT of the day: Man who broke quarantine orders twice hops on flight to Melbourne

by | Apr 14, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19, News | 0 comments

A Darwin man who was supposed to be quarantined has broken COVID-19 orders twice, most recently by hopping on a plane back to Melbourne yesterday without an exemption to travel, NT Police said.

The 43-year-old Wulagi man had previously been issued with a $1,099 fine for failing to self-quarantine after arriving home from Melbourne on an unspecified date.

The NT Police reported on April 5, that they were notified by a concerned citizen and spoke with the man who admitted the breach. But for reasons not explained, the man was able to board a flight back to Melbourne on April 13. It was unclear if the man was held by authorities after arriving in Melbourne.

NT Police said in a statement he has been issued with another $1,099 fine.

Meanwhile in Gray, a 52-year-old man, who had been previously warned for hosting a gathering, was finally handed an infringement penalty for hosting a social gathering on Sunday with 20 people in attendance. A concerned citizen reported the gathering to the NT Police.

It was not clear if the people who attended the gathering were also fined.

In the Darwin Central Business District meanwhile, a 25-year old man lifted the boundary tape of the closed area to access a gym equipment along the Darwin Esplanade.

NT Police said all three men are subject to further risk assessment to determine if contact tracing is required and have to pay the $1,099 infringement penalty. 

Around 800 compliance checks have been conducted by the NT Police, Public and Environmental Health officers and Australian Defence Force over the Easter long weekend, police said.

To date, 24 infringement fines has been issued and a total of 4,428 compliance checks have now been conducted. A total number of those in quarantine has still not been provided.

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