Five men, police say they were detained last week in rural NSW, have been fined after allegedly violating COVID-19 self-isolation rules and gathered outside in southwestern Sydney.
Police were patrolling Optimism Street in Leppington, on the edge of the Liverpool local government area, around 11:30 am yesterday when they spotted five men reportedly seated at a table on the footpath and not wearing face masks.
“Officers stopped and spoke to the men, who revealed they had tested positive for COVID-19 in rural NSW and had been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days after being returned to Sydney last Monday (23rd August)” , the NSW police said. in a statement.
All five men — ages 23, 25, 26, 31 and 32 — were fined $5,000 for failing to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
They were escorted back to the property to complete their mandatory isolation.
Masks are mandatory outdoors throughout NSW, except when playing sports, and outdoor recreation in LGAs of concern is not allowed.
The fine for violating self-isolation rules under the Public Health Ordinance was increased to $5,000 on August 16.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday that more than 80 percent of the state’s cases are still being reported in southwestern and western Sydney. Of the 1,290 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases announced yesterday, 449 were from the Western Sydney Local Health District and 434 from South Western Sydney LHD.