‘There is no excuse’: WA man from hotspot fined $5k for entering NT without border form

by | Apr 27, 2021 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

A man from Western Australia who entered the NT via the South Australia border without submitting an online border entry form has been fined more than $5,000 after he was discovered at the campground in Yulara, NT Police said.

The 64-year-old WA man arrived at the Yulara campground where staff determined he had been in a hotspot area within the last 14 days and contacted police.

The man was immediately taken to the Alice Springs quarantine facility and issued a $5,056 infringement notice for allegedly breaking the NT’s Chief Health Officer directions, police said.

“There is no excuse for this. We’ve been living in a COVID world for over a year now and we all know there are new rules we need to follow,” Acting Commander Sachin Sharma said in a statement.

“The onus is on the traveller to be aware of regulations for crossing borders and for declaring your previous locations.

“The NT Police along with NT Health and other departments have been working extremely hard to keep the Territory safe. Public health is our paramount concern and as such will take all necessary actions to ensure that.”

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the health directions is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

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