Virus contact busted not isolating

A woman who was busted not isolating has been issued an eye-watering fine by police after they conducted a check at her house.

A Lake Macquarie woman has been hit with a $5000 fine for flouting NSW public health directions by visiting a house half an hour away while under isolation orders.

NSW Police deputy commissioner Gary Worboys revealed the woman had been slugged with the hefty penalty as officers handed out 940 penalty infringement notices across the state on Saturday.

NSW Police officers and ADF personnel conducted over 5000 compliance checks on people who had been ordered to self-isolate either because of a positive test or because they were a contact of a confirmed case.

Officers conducted one of those spot-checks on a residence at Lake Macquarie where four people were meant to be quarantining.

However only three people came to the door when asked by officers, with a fourth woman found a short time later at a residence in Kurri Kurri, about 40kms away in the nearby Hunter Region.

“That person was directed to return back to her residence, which she did and was issued a $5000 penalty infringement notice,” deputy commissioner Worboys said.

He said that the residence would now be subject to greater scrutiny and further checks.

“People need to understand that if you are under one of these orders, you need to stay put, you need to do what is asked of you,” he said.

“In this instance where you have someone that clearly puts people at risk and goes outside of the agreement that has been reached, we will put that to the top of the list.

“In that particular residence, with those four people inside, will now be checked on a more frequent basis to make sure that compliance is achieved.”

On Saturday, NSW Police charged 47 people and fined 260 after they successfully disrupted a planned “freedom” protest in the Sydney CBD.

In a major show of strength, more than 1500 officers were placed on patrol around the city, setting up roadblocks and compliance checks.

Officers clashed with a small number of people but successfully snuffed out a repeat of last month’s anti-lockdown protests in the CBD.

Originally published as Lake Macquarie woman cops eye-watering fine for Covid isolation order breach

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