Three men who dodged a COVID-19 border checkpoint at Tennant Creek and proceeded to drive to Alice Springs have been slapped with a $5,056 penalty each, NT Police said.
Authorities said around 6:20am on Saturday, the men aged 36, 32 and 25, did not comply with the border checkpoint.
It was not explained if police on duty pursued the men after they failed to stop at the checkpoint or if there were any police on duty during that time.
The 36 and 32-year-old were located by police on Sunday, while the 25-year-old was located on Monday. Authorities did not mention where they located the men.
They were all issued infringement notices and ordered to isolate until they returned a negative test result.
NT Police said they have all since returned negative COVID test results, which could explain why the police made the public aware of the breaches.
“The CHO directions are in place for the safety of the community, and they are more important than ever now that COVID is in the NT,” Incident Controller Commander Lauren Hill said.
“The actions of these three men has put undue pressure on our frontline staff and potentially risked the safety of the Alice Springs community.”
The penalty for breaching the Chief Health Officer Directions remains at $5056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.
On Thursday, Tennant Creek was put into lockdown due to new COVID cases.
A CHO direction was also issued that anyone who has left Tennant Creek since December 10 must isolate and remain isolated until they get a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.