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Second Sydney man charged over alleged Public Health Order breaches on North Coast

Friday, 13 August 2021 07:17:56 AM

A man has been charged for breaching the Public Health Order after leaving Sydney and visiting Byron Bay and surrounding areas.

Officers from Richmond and Tweed/Byron Police Districts commenced an investigation after receiving reports a man and family members had travelled to Northern NSW in late July.

A 52-year-old Rose Bay man has previously been charged in relation to breaching the Public Health Order; he remains before the courts.

Following further extensive inquiries, about 4.20pm yesterday (Thursday 12 August 2021), Tweed/Byron PD officers issued a 19-year-old man with a Court Attendance Notice for four offences, including:

  • fail to comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19 – individual
  • fail to comply with electronic registration directive – individual (two counts), and
  • not wear fitted face covering in public transport/taxi

Police will allege the 19-year-old Rose Bay man travelled from Sydney to the Byron Bay area in company of the 52-year-old Rose Bay man.

He is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Monday 27 September 2021.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.