More than a dozen people from the Northern Beaches have been fined $1,000 after escaping the coronavirus lockdown zone to attend a wedding in Sydney’s CBD.
Police crashed the nuptials at Dalton House in Pyrmont at 5pm on Sunday after receiving a tip-off.
Residents from the Northern Beaches are banned from leaving the area since the Covid-19 outbreak on December 16.
Guests at a wedding in Pyrmont on Sunday. Police officers crashed the event at 5pm
Police outside a wedding in Pyrmont on Sunday. At least 12 guests were from the Northern Beaches
Guests who have been fined $1,000 each include a man and woman, both aged 43, from Allambie Heights, a 33-year-old woman from Narraweena, and a 27-year-old man from Frenches Forest.
Three women, 19, 22 and 28, and two men, 23 and 63, from Beacon Hill were also slapped with the hefty penalty.
An additional three people, including a 34-year-old man, a 36-year-old woman, both from Frenchs Forest, and a 26-year-old man from Beacon Hill will also be fined for attending the wedding.
‘After speaking with staff and attendees, police recorded contact details for more than a dozen guests, who are Northern Beaches residents,’ NSW Police said.
Police urged the community to report suspected lockdown breaches.
Police officers at a wedding on Sunday. About $12,000 in fines were handed to guests breaching lockdown
The northern zone of the Northern Beaches will remain locked down until January 9 to stop the spread of Covid-19. The southern zone will be released from lockdown on January 2
NSW recorded another five new local cases of coronavirus on Monday as Premier Gladys Berejiklian tightened restrictions for gatherings across Sydney.
Four of the cases were linked to the hot spot suburb of Avalon, taking the cluster which emerged on 16 December to 126 after 15,000 tests on Sunday.
The fifth local case is linked to a patient on the Northern Beaches whose source of infection is still under investigation.
Premier Berejiklian said officials still don’t know how the outbreak began, meaning the northern zone of the Northern Beaches will remain locked down until January 9 to stop the disease spreading – but residents will be allowed five visitors from the zone on New Year’s Eve.
The southern zone will be released from lockdown on January 2 – but residents are allowed 10 visitors from the zone on December 31.
Amid fears New Year’s Eve could become a super-spreader event, restrictions will tighten in Greater Sydney from Monday night with public gatherings limited to 50 people, down from 100. Home gatherings remain limited to 10 visitors.
Pictured: The Sydney Opera House fireworks on New Years’ Eve on January 1, 2020. People have been told to enjoy the display from the living rooms this for the 2021 celebration
The premier has told residents to avoid the city centre, saying the decades-old tradition of camping around the harbour to secure a good view is banned.
‘We’re trying to be as generous as possible, but we don’t want to create any superspreading events on New Year’s Eve, that ruins it for everyone,’ she said.
Anyone entering the CBD will need to have a pass from Service NSW to prove they have a booking at a restaurant or are visiting a friend’s home.
The government has also ordered local councils to scrap events unless they can be seated and ticketed outside, with a record of attendees kept.