Five cautioned over quarantine breach

Five people have today been officially cautioned in relation to failing to comply with the Director of Public Health, by not staying ‘at home’.

A group of four tourists from Queensland each received a caution notice, after they attempted to enter the Cradle Mountain National Park. All four members of the group were compliant with police and are now adhering to the ‘stay at home’ direction as directed on Saturday 31 July.

A 19-year-old Southern Tasmanian woman also received a caution in relation to failing to comply with the stay at home order. The woman recently returned from Queensland, and on Saturday night attended the Hobart Waterfront. Information was reported to police who investigated and later spoke to the woman. The woman has been given suitable advice relating to her ‘stay at home’ direction.

Information obtained confirmed that the five people have not been in a high-risk premises and the risk to the others in the wider community is low.  

The penalty for failing to comply with the stay at home order is $774. 

Inspector John Toohey of the State Police Operations Centre said that it was disappointing that police had to caution people to ensure compliance with Directions.

“However, we will continue to address issues of non-compliance to keep Tasmanians safe. For the most part people are continuing to do the right thing.” Inspector Toohey said. 

The stay at home order will remain in place until 5:59pm Tuesday 3 August. 

Anyone who has arrived from one of the 11 Level 2 Local Government Areas in Queensland on, or after 17 July (but prior to 4pm on 31 July) are required to ‘stay at home’ except for limited reasons. For the most up to date information please refer to the Tasmania Coronavirus Website

Anyone arriving after 4pm on 31 July is subject to 14 days quarantine.

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