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Bali traveller cops $1k fine for quarantine fail

A NSW woman who had recently been on holiday in Bali has been fined $1,000 for breaking quarantine rules twice.

The 65-year-old was in quarantine in her home near Newcastle when she received a warning for breaking her enforced isolation, NSW Police said. 


Bali beach


But after authorities were tipped off about her leaving home again, she was given a $1,000 fine. 


“No one is above the law. If you decide to ignore a direction, you will be caught, and you may very well find yourself slapped with a hefty fine,” Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said.


“The fact that people are still not complying is the reason why we have police out in full force enforcing these directions.


“This behaviour is not only reckless and stupid, but potentially deadly.”


According to News Corp, NSW police officers can now issue Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) to anyone defying a ministerial direction under the Public Health Act.


“What’s disappointing is this lady had a caution on Monday to self-isolate, yesterday she was found walking around the streets – $1000 fine,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said, adding that the time of “cautioning people was over”.


NSW easily has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia, with more than 1,400 people infected with COVID-19 so far.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 27 March 2020

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