COVID-19 update; Two CANs, eight PINs issued, NSW

Police have charged two people and issued eight infringements since the last COVID-19 update.

Officers from Monaro Police District stopped a vehicle on the Monaro Highway, Lords Hill, about 11am on Saturday (3 October 2020), after allegedly evading a checkpoint to enter NSW. The occupants, two men aged 41 and 52, were issued with $1000 PINS after being issued warnings the previous day for attempting to enter NSW at the Jungellic Road checkpoint without a valid permit. They were directed to return to Victoria. About 9.15pm the same day, the men allegedly tried to enter NSW again through a checkpoint at Hayden Bog and Lower Bendoc roads. They were issued with field court attendance notices for attempting to enter NSW for a third time and will face court at a later date.

About 10.45am on Saturday (3 October 2020), police attached to Barrier Police District were conducting border closure operations when they stopped a Ford Falcon sedan, travelling on the Sturt Highway, Balranald to conduct a permit check. Police spoke to the male driver, aged 24, and he was issued with a $1000 PIN for violating the conditions of his border permit.

Officers from Richmond Police District attended a licensed premises on Keen Street, Lismore about 7.50pm on Saturday and issued a $5000 PIN for failing to effectively implement a COVID-19 safety plan 2020.

Just after midnight on Sunday (4 October 2020), police were called to Malabar Headland after complaints were received about a party that was taking place. Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended and located more than 80 people at the event. The crowd dispersed and officers spoke to the organiser, a 31-year-old man. He was issued $1000 PIN for failing to comply with a required public health order – COVID-19 and an infringement for use park or part of park for other than which it is reserved. Inquiries continue.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District attended a licensed premises on Brighton Street, East Ballina about 7.30pm on Sunday, and issued a $5000 PIN for failing to adhere to venue operation laws. Police will allege no provisions were being made to effect proper social distancing within the establishment.

Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command attended a venue at Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park about 6.45pm on Sunday and issued the manager a $5000 PIN after allegedly being unable to produce a COVID-19 safely

Sydney City Police attended a second venue at Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park, about 9.30pm on Sunday. Police allege the manager was unable to produce a COVID-19 safety plan and was issued a $5000 PIN.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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