COVIDIOT parties never stop in Tennant Creek as more fines issued for breaches

by | Apr 17, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19 | 0 comments

The parties never seem to stop at some Territory residences, despite coronavirus restrictions and the NT Police seizing large amounts of alcohol.

NT police said they received reports that large gatherings were happening Thursday night at different residences in Tennant Creek. Authorities identified the houses hosting the parties and immediately dispersed the groups. The number of people who gathered was not mentioned in the police report.

Four primary occupants of the different houses were handed infringement penalties amounting to $1,099 each.

Another mass gathering with over 20 people in Alice Springs was dispersed and a 51-year old man who hosted the gathering was fined, according to police.

Police said in a statement the man had previously been warned and advised not to host people in his location, but did not mentioned on what occasion did the warning was given.

The hosts of the gatherings will be subject to further risk assessment to determine if contact tracing is required.

People who were part of the group who gathered were not fined but only dispersed. Police did not say if they will also be subject to COVID-19 risk assessment.

Thirty-one noncompliance fines have now been issued and more than 5000 checks have been completed, according to NT Police.

Health authorities continue to reiterate social distancing measures and avoiding mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

While there have been no confirmed cases of community transmission of COVID-19, physical distancing restrictions remain in place.

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