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Gladys ‘aghast’ at wedding coronavirus breach

The NSW Premier has slammed a “brazen” breach of COVID-19 rules by a dozen northern beaches residents who left lockdown to attend a wedding. The comments from Gladys Berejiklian came as a top NSW police official revealed the bride and groom who exchanged rings in Pyrmont on Sunday were themselves from the northern beaches.Twelve people…

The NSW Premier has slammed a “brazen” breach of COVID-19 rules by a dozen northern beaches residents who left lockdown to attend a wedding.

The comments from Gladys Berejiklian came as a top NSW police official revealed the bride and groom who exchanged rings in Pyrmont on Sunday were themselves from the northern beaches.

Twelve people have been accused of breaching a public health order and have been slapped with fines costing $1000 each after attending the wedding.

“That is the type of behaviour that risks it for everybody,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“All of us are shaking our heads, absolutely aghast that that occurred.”

Pictures from the event show at least 40 wedding guests hanging out at an outdoor area of the Doltone House event space at Jones Bay Wharf.

The people who were issued penalty infringement notices included a man and a woman, both aged 43, from Allambie Heights, a 27-year-old man from Frenchs Forest, and five people aged between 19 and 63 from Beacon Hill.

Another three people – a man and a woman in their 30s from Frenchs Forest, and a 26-year-old man from Beacon Hill – were fined as well.

All of those suburbs are within the south zone of the northern beaches, which is the part of Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown zone with less stringent restrictions.

The rules for that area, subject to change on Wednesday, say nobody is allowed to leave or enter.

There are a few exceptions to that rule, but attending a wedding is not one of them.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said detectives “believe” the bride and groom were from the northern beaches.

He said it was unclear if the lockdown dodgers were members of the couple’s family.

“That matter is currently under investigation, and we’re trying to work out who was there. Obviously the bride and groom were involved in it, and again, that is subject to further investigation,” he said.

Ms Berejiklian lauded police for taking action against the wedding party and said such “brazen” acts will be found out and punished.

“Please know that if you do the wrong thing, you will get caught,” she said.

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