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COVID-19 fines not a deterrent

It seems the hefty fines for breaching COVID-19 directions aren’t deterring wrongdoers, with a large number issued across the country. Five people were each fined $1000 penalty notices in NSW over the weekend.The first was just before midnight on Friday when officers from the Bankstown Police Area Command were conducting compliance checks and allegedly caught…

It seems the hefty fines for breaching COVID-19 directions aren’t deterring wrongdoers, with a large number issued across the country.

Five people were each fined $1000 penalty notices in NSW over the weekend.

The first was just before midnight on Friday when officers from the Bankstown Police Area Command were conducting compliance checks and allegedly caught a 22-year-old man failing to self-isolate for 14-days.

Police say they stopped a taxi at a border checkpoint in South Albury the following morning and discovered the passengers, a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman from Victoria, were not permitted to enter the state despite presenting permits.

The pair were escorted back but allegedly returned to a checkpoint a short time later, again trying to enter NSW, and were fined for giving false details on request.

Later on Saturday, a 34-year-old woman was allegedly caught breaching directions after her Victoria-registered car was stopped by Murray River District Police.

She was told to return to Victoria.

Lastly, a 36-year-old man who left NSW then tried to re-enter at several border checkpoints was also penalised.

It comes as 177 Victorians were fined within 24 hours, including a man who breached curfew because he wanted takeaway food, but didn’t want to pay the Uber Eats surcharge.

There were 11 people fined for failing to wear a mask, while 68 were penalised for curfew breaches.

Yesterday, South Australian police fined Glenelg Football Club $5060 after social media posts from Saturday night showed a group of about 20 people dancing, standing while drinking alcohol and failing to social distance.

Club president Peter Carey told The Advertiser the team held a private function with players and partners after a win against West Adelaide.

“We take full responsibility – we’ve been fined by SA Police and we accept that,” he said.

“Perhaps the preparation prior to the event wasn’t good enough (and) the club didn’t provide the feedback to players to make sure they followed the protocol.”

Two venues were fined about a week ago — one in Mount Gambier in the state’s southeast and another along Hindley St in Adelaide’s CBD — after patrons allegedly stood while consuming alcohol.

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