Latest breaches of Public Health Act across state

A Kiama couple are among six people to have legal action taken against them in the last 24 hours for breaches of the Public Health Act across the state.

On Sunday 12 July 2020, a 36-year-old man and 37-year-old woman returned to NSW from Victoria with their two children.

The man and woman, who were granted Category A permits from Service NSW, travelled through the Hume Highway checkpoint at Albury and were made aware of the requirements to self-isolate for 14 days at their residential address.

Police conducted compliance checks at the Kiama address on Tuesday 14 July, Wednesday 15 July and Tuesday 21 July 2020, and provided information about self-isolation requirements on each occasion.

It’s alleged the couple, who were required to remain at their residential address with their two children until Sunday 26 July 2020, left the home on several occasions between Monday 20 and Wednesday 22 July 2020.

The matter was reported to police and an investigation commenced by officers from Lake Illawarra Police District.

Following inquiries, about 11.15am today (Tuesday 28 July 2020), the man was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for failing to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

He is due to appear in Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

The 37-year-old woman was issued with a $1000 PIN for failing to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Meanwhile, police have also charged a woman and issued three further COVID-19 related Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs).

  • About 4pm yesterday (Monday 27 July 2020), officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command attended a unit on Campbell Street, Liverpool, following reports a 41-year-old woman had travelled from Byron Bay to Liverpool in contravention of a self-isolation direction on Sunday (26 July 2020). The woman was taken to hospital for testing and issued a Court Attendance Notice for fail to comply requirement public order – COVID-19. She is due to appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 30 September 2020.
  • About 11am (Monday 27 July 2020), officers from Riverina Police District attended a home on Ceduna Street, Ashmont, to arrest a 37-year-old man for an unrelated matter. While in custody, subsequent inquiries revealed that the man had recently returned from Victoria and failed to self-isolate. He was issued a $1000 PIN and taken to hospital for testing.
  • About 12.45pm (Monday 27 July 2020), officers from Barrier Police District stopped a car at the Victorian border, on the Murray Valley Highway, Euston. The driver, a 39-year-old woman, and passenger, a 44-year-old man, did not have a permit. They were both issued $1000 PINs and returned to Victoria.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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