Fail to comply – Geraldton (COVID-19)

Geraldton Police have charged a 73-year-old Geraldton man who is alleged to have failed to comply with a direction to self-quarantine after he was seen outside his residence.

It will be alleged the man had travelled from New Zealand and arrived in Western Australia on Thursday 26 March 2020.

During Friday 27 March 2020 the man was seen by residents of his retirement village talking to others in close proximity outside his unit, leaving to attend the local shops and riding his push bike in the area.

Under the Western Australian Emergency Management Act, a Direction has been made requiring anyone who returned from overseas travel to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. It is alleged the man failed to self-quarantine, and he was subsequently charged.

The man has been charged with one count of Fail to comply with a direction. He is due to appear in the Geraldton Magistrates Court 16 April 2020.

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