Five people have been arrested and eight fined after being found at a house party in Adelaide, in violation of South Australia’s Covid-19 lockdown rules.
Officers were called to the Lightsview site, north of Adelaide, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday after reports of a gathering of up to 12 people playing loud music.
Thirteen people were found at the address on Sunday evening, including two men aged 24 and three women aged 18, 19 and 29.
Police say the incident was the third time patrols have been called to the property during the week-long lockdown that began at 6pm on Tuesday, July 20.
Officers were called to the Lightsview site, north of Adelaide, around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, following reports of a gathering of up to 12 people playing loud music
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens (left) labeled the group “alleged idiots” and said their actions threatened the good work of the rest of the community
Officers were called to the house on Wednesday and Saturday last week, leading to the arrest of two people and the handing out of several fines after tenants were found showing “obvious violations of restrictions.”
After the most recent violation on Sunday, one of the 24-year-old men was charged with giving false details and violating the Emergency Management Act.
A 29-year-old Townsville woman and an 18-year-old Fairview Park woman were also charged with the same offences.
They were all released on bail to appear before the Adelaide Magistrates Court in September.
Three other partygoers, men aged 27 and 21, and a 19-year-old woman from Fairfield Park were also fined for violating the Emergency Management Act.
A 24-year-old man from Salisbury North was charged with the same offense and obstructing police. The man and 19-year-old woman have been released on bail.
Another six partygoers, aged between 16 and 24, were fined on the spot and had to return home.
“It’s incredibly frustrating, and it’s not so much my personal frustration,” said Police Commissioner Grant Stevens of the most recent Covid-19 breaches
SA residents violating lockdown orders could face fines of up to $1060, with the penalty significantly more severe if an arrest is made
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens labeled the group “alleged idiots” and said their actions threatened the good work of the rest of the community.
“It’s incredibly frustrating, and it’s not so much my personal frustration,” he said.
“I think anyone doing the right thing in South Australia must be incredibly disappointed that some people just think these rules don’t apply to them.”
The commissioner said the incident followed similar breaches during SA’s current shutdown and others earlier in the pandemic, when high restrictions were in place.
“It’s typical of a particular cohort within the community that just ignores any kind of rules or regulations,” he said.
SA residents violating lockdown orders could face fines of up to $1,060, with the penalty significantly more severe if an arrest is made.
Individuals who violate restrictions or lockdown orders face fines of up to $20,000 and the possibility of up to two years in prison.
Police have reminded residents that officers will continue to monitor people for compliance during the lockdown, particularly in the northeastern suburbs that are believed to be the epicenter of the current Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
“Police want to reassure the community that patrols have found that the vast majority of people are doing the right thing,” they said Monday.
South Australia will end the lockdown at one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning, with some restrictions remaining in effect
South Australians are required to wear masks in high-risk environments, personal care services, passenger transport services and healthcare services
South Australia will end its lockdown at one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning.
Restrictions will remain in place after the easing of home orders, including the rule of 1 person per 4 sqm, seated food and drinks in indoor and outdoor locations, and a limit of ten people per family gathering.
Private activities are also limited to ten people, with restrictions on shisha, singing and dancing to continue. Weddings and funerals can be attended by 50 people.
SA residents will be required to wear masks in high-risk environments, personal care services, passenger transport services and healthcare services.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S STRICT LOCKDOWN
The state went into lockdown for seven days on July 20, ending Wednesday morning:
Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for five essential reasons.
These reasons are:
1. For essentials
2. For sports (within 2.5 km from your home, alone with your family and only 90 minutes a day)
3. For medical care
4. For Caring and Compassionate Reasons
5. For essential work
Face masks are also mandatory in public indoor areas and in public transport.
Construction sites are also closing.