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COVID-19 restrictions violated at Malabar party

Wild party in disused WWII military bunker is shut down by police – four men charged with violating COVID-19 laws

  • Wild party in a disused WWII military bunker in east Sydney on Saturday night
  • Police were called to Malabar Headland National Park after reports from the party
  • At least 150 in attendance scattered and ran from the abandoned military bunker
  • Four party organizers – 34, 28, and two of 25 – were fined $ 1000

Four people have been accused of violating coronavirus laws after being caught at a wild party in a disused WWII military bunker.

Police were called to Malabar Headland National Park, in the east of Sydney, after reports of a loud party on Sunday morning at around 12:30 pm.

At least 150 people were found in the abandoned military bunker, before the group dispersed from the party when police arrived.

Wild party in a disused military bunker in eastern Sydney (photo) was shut down by police early Sunday morning. Four organizers have fined $ 1000 for violating COVID-19 restrictions

Wild party in a disused military bunker in eastern Sydney (photo) was shut down by police early Sunday morning. Four organizers have fined $ 1000 for violating COVID-19 restrictions

NSW police officers found at least 150 people present in the abandoned military bunker (pictured above) before the group dispersed and tried to run from the party

NSW police officers found at least 150 people present in the abandoned military bunker (pictured above) before the group dispersed and tried to run from the party

NSW police officers found at least 150 people present in the abandoned military bunker (pictured above) before the group dispersed and tried to run from the party

Officers from the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command and the Central Metropolitan Operations Support Group spoke with the party organizers.

The four men – aged 34, 28, and two aged 25 – were fined $ 1000 for failing to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

Eastern Beaches Police Chief Superintendent Rohan Cramsie said police were encouraging the community to report suspected violations.

“It is the responsibility of everyone in this state to follow the rules and protect our community from further exposure to COVID-19,” said Det Supt Cramsie.

Not only are these types of events illegal, this particular party was extremely dangerous for partygoers and emergency workers due to the location and grounds.

“With summer and Christmas approaching, we urge the community to listen to the advice of our health professionals to keep our family and friends safe and healthy.”

Current coronavirus restrictions in NSW allow up to 20 people to congregate in a house and up to 30 in a public place, such as a park or beach.

Police urged community members to report possible violations (image of file shown)

Police urged community members to report possible violations (image of file shown)

Police urged community members to report possible violations (image of file shown)

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