Media release

COVID-19 – Infringements issued – Breach of CHO Directions

Police

Northern Territory Police have issued a further five individual infringements and one business infringement for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s Directions.

Five infringements were issued to individuals who attended a protest at a business in Coconut Grove on Monday and to individuals who attended the same venue yesterday.

This brings the total number of individual infringements issued at that venue since the protest to 10.

The business infringement was issued to the same venue in Coconut Grove that was shut down on the 7 January 2022.  

Incident Controller Acting Commander Virginia Read said, “The CHO Directions are enforceable orders, to continue to disobey them leaves police with no other option but to issue infringements”.

“COVID is already within our community, and as a community we are doing everything we can to reduce its impact on lives and our healthcare systems. Actions such as these make it all the more harder for us to protect the Territory.”

The penalty for failing to abide by the CHO Directions issued under section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 is $5,024 for an individual and $25,120 for a business.

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