Northern suburbs COVID-19 party busted by cops, fine issued

by | Apr 5, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19, News | 0 comments

A 45-year-old Alawa woman has been handed a $1,099 fine for hosting a party at her home with 14 people Saturday night, including a resident of the house who was supposed to be in self-quarantine after returning from interstate.

It marks the fourth Terriotrian fined for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer’s Directions.

The Alawa party was broken up by NT Police, Environmental Health officers and Australian Defence Force personnel who continue to undertake quarantine compliance checks to ensure people are completing their 14-day quarantine orders, police said.

The third infringement notice was issued Friday, to a 31-year-old male from NSW who breached his quarantine order by travelling to Katherine from his Darwin hotel and then returning to the hotel.

The infringement penalty for an individual is $1,099 and $5,495 for a business.

Territorians are being urged to adhere to physical distancing rules and public gathering limits of ten people. Police said Territorians are also strongly advised to observe the two person limit where possible and to “stay home, if you can”.

“The public can be assured that fines will be issued to anyone not respecting the community and doing the right thing,” said police spokesman Rob Cross.

NT Police initially released a total figure for those under self-quarantine orders last week but have now stopped releasing that number. On Thursday that figure was 2,557.

Police said 1,857 compliance checks have now been completed with four fines issued.

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