NT Police fine pair who allegedly attempted to avoid mandatory quarantine on way home from SA

by | Jun 1, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19 | 0 comments

Two people travelling from South Australia to their home community in the MacDonnell region have been fined for allegedly breaching biosecurity rules, NT Police say.

Police allege a 33-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man intentionally bypassed biosecurity control checkpoints to avoid mandatory quarantine when returning from SA.

They did not say when the alleged offence occurred.

Two infringement notices for $1099 were issued for failing “to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011,” Police said.

“NT Police and Environmental Health Officers continue to undertake compliance activities and will identify anyone attempting to avoid checkpoints,” Police media manager Rob Cross said in a statement.

He did not say if the pair were forced into quarantine following the event, or if so, where they are being quarantined.

It also remained unclear how long the pair had been in SA and if they had been forced to quarantine there.

As of June 15, those coming from interstate will no longer be forced to quarantine in hotels at a cost of $2500 and will be able to nominate their own quarantine facility.

Police say 12,919 compliance checks have now been completed across the Territory, with 62 fines issued.

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