More COVIDIOTS put community at risk, cop hefty fines as contact tracing assessed

by | Apr 6, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19, News | 0 comments

Two more Territorians caught not complying with coronavirus quarantine orders and putting the community at risk, are the latest to be fined and have left health authorities to determine if contact tracing needs to be conducted.

A 23-year-old Zuccoli female was fined $1,099 after she was found breaching a self-quarantine order by going to a supermarket on two occasions to buy groceries. The shop manager contacted police and reported the breaches. Police spoke to the female who confirmed she went to the supermarket, they said in a statement.

NT Police did not disclose what store she had shopped in.

Another $1,099 infringement penalty was handed to a 43-year-old male in Wulagi who recently returned home from Melbourne and failed to self-quarantine as required. The NT Police were notified by a concerned citizen and spoke with the man who admitted the breach.

Environmental Health Officers are currently conducting a risk assessment to determine if contract tracing will be needed, police said.

It is a criminal offence to breach the rules around physical distancing and self-isolation aimed at tackling the spread of COVID-19 under Section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 issued by the Chief Health Officer Directions. 

The NT Police have dealt with a number of non-compliance incidents over the weekend including house parties.

NT Police report that there have been 2,074 compliance checks completed with six fines issued.

Authorities continue to impose physical distance monitoring and enforce the public gathering limit of ten people. Government health units meanwhile continue with quarantine compliance checks to ensure people are completing their 14 days quarantine.

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