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Over a dozen people fined for COVID-19 breaches

20 May 2020 6:06pm

Over a dozen people have been fined $1000 each for breaching South Australian gathering restrictions.

At about 5:45pm on Saturday 16 May police attended at street in Whyalla Norrie after calls were made in regards to a large fight.

When they arrived at the street police located about 30-40 people.

At the time, these people were provided with education regarding the COVID-19 gathering restrictions and directions, specifically the Emergency Management (Gatherings No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

After the small crowd dispersed, police left the location.

At about 8:45pm on the same night, police attended an address on the same street due to a noise complaint.

On arrival they found a large group of people at the residence. The group consisted of adults and juveniles who stated they were at the premises celebrating a birthday.

Police were able to locate thirteen people at the premises who were each issued with a $1000 fine for breaking COVID-19 restrictions for gatherings of more than 10 people.

The thirteen people included seven women and six men, with ages ranging from 20-years-old to 67-years-old.

Gatherings of more than 10 persons are currently prohibited in South Australia and the total number of persons present in a gathering must not exceed one person per four square metres.

More information can be found on sa.gov.au and the full Direction for gatherings can be found here.

And frequently asked questions about gatherings can be found here.