Media release

Covid-19 – Border compliance investigation

Police

Northern Territory Police Force have launched an investigation into an alleged border control breach on the Northern Territory border.

On Monday 27 July 2020, three males aged 26, 27 and 29 and a 28-year-old female travelled into the Northern Territory by road in a private vehicle through a border control point on the Queensland and Northern Territory border.

Police are conducting investigations into the travel movements of the group prior to entering the Northern Territory after receiving information from a member of the public indicating the three males had travelled from a declared COVID-19 hotspot within the previous 14 days.

The four people were located in Alice Springs where they have been isolated pending further enquiries being conducted.

Environmental Health Officers immediately identified two females, aged 19 and 24, and a 27-year-old male who had recent contact with the group in Alice Springs and these three are also in isolation. COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in relation to all seven people is currently underway.

NT Police and the Department of Health will continue to maintain our current systems, plans and processes and work collaboratively to ensure our community is safe through a rapid responses to any information of concern.  This includes the continued compliance activities across the Northern Territory.

The infringement penalty for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 is $5,056 for an individual and $25,280 for a business.

31,473 compliance checks have now been completed and 146 fines issued.

Anyone with information relating to COVID-19 non-compliance concerns can call the 131444 or the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.

For information on the changes to quarantine requirements, visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

Further information will be provided as it comes to hand.

PFES Media