A man and woman from Sydney's east who travelled to the Hunter region are among those issued Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for alleged breaches of the Public Health Order in the past 24 hours.
About 3.20pm yesterday (Saturday June 26), officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended a pony club on Bell Street, Denman, following a Crime Stoppers report by a member of the public about three people from Sydney who were at a horse trial event.
Police located a 56-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl in the carpark who were not wearing face masks.
Inquiries revealed the man and girl, from Paddington, and the woman, from Maroubra, had travelled to Denman in breach of the stay-at-home order issued for Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick and City of Sydney Local Government Areas at the time.
The man and woman were each issued a $1000 PIN for travel from Metropolitan Sydney area to NSW outside area and a $200 infringement for failing to wear a fitted face covering.
The girl was issued a warning.
In total, police issued seven $1000 PINs yesterday and a further eight $200 infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.
Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.
COVID-19 CASE CONFIRMED IN NORTHERN TABLELANDS
A new COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the Glen Innes Severn Local Government Area. The case is a man in his 30s, who was exposed to the virus at the Granites gold mine in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory.
He has remained in isolation since his return home and there is no current risk of infection to the local community.
This case is not linked to the Bondi cluster. This is the first confirmed local case of COVID-19 in the Hunter New England Local Health District since 5 August 2020. Dr David Durrheim, Public Health Controller for Hunter New England Health's COVID-19 response, says this serves as a timely reminder for rural and regional communities.
"We are at a real tipping point in the pandemic. While there is little risk of infection from this latest case, it's important that we all remain vigilant. "I urge everyone to adhere to the restrictions put in place yesterday by the NSW Government. We need to wear our masks, practice hygiene measures, and maintain our distance to keep this virus at bay. It is critical that we all continue to check-in to venues using the QR codes provided," he said.
Anyone who has returned from this mine to NSW since 18 June should immediately isolate and call their local public health unit on 1300 066 055. Anyone who has experienced fever or the recent onset of respiratory symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste and smell, should seek testing immediately and isolate until a negative result is returned.
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