COVID-19 northern beaches: Wedding guests fined for breaching virus restrictions

RULES BROKEN: A northern beaches couple have breached COVID-19 restrictions to get married, police confirmed on Tuesday. Picture: File
RULES BROKEN: A northern beaches couple have breached COVID-19 restrictions to get married, police confirmed on Tuesday. Picture: File

Update - December 30, 2020, 9.37am

A FURTHER nine fines have been handed out following a wedding that NSW Police say breached Public Health Orders.

A northern beaches bride and groom, who held their wedding near Sydney's CBD, broke lockdown restrictions ordering residents in the local government area not to leave their zone.

A total of 21 penalty infringement notices (PINs) have now been handed out following the nuptials with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing slamming the "brazen" breaches.

The latest wedding guests to be issued a $1000 PIN include:

  • Three men - aged 31, 41 and 75 - and two women - aged 42 and 71 - from Narraweena
  • A 32-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Collaroy Plateau
  • A 36-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Frenchs Forest

Earlier - December 29, 2020, 11am

A NORTHERN beaches couple have breached COVID-19 restrictions to get married with 12 wedding guests fined for attending.

The couple's wedding reception was held at a city venue on Sunday and NSW Police received a tip off through Crime Stoppers about the event.

Police were called to a venue on Pirrama Road in Pyrmont, and after speaking with staff and attendees, recorded contact details of more than a dozen guests who reside in the northern beaches.

Initially, nine northern beaches residents who attended the wedding were each handed a $1000 penalty infringement notice (PINs), they included:

  • a man and woman, both aged 43, from Allambie Heights
  • a 33-year-old woman from Narraweena
  • a 27-year-old man from Frenches Forest
  • three women - aged 19, 22 and 28 - and two men - aged 23 and 63 - all from Beacon Hill.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said on Tuesday that a further three PINs had now been issued.

"There's been 12 infringement notices that have been issued at this point, there will be more that will be issued over coming days," he said.

"That's the type of behaviour that we're trying to discourage, we don't want to put people at risk by acting in a way that would expose others to the virus.

All of us were left shaking out heads.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

"It's inappropriate behaviour and we've seen it before."

Assistant Commissioner Willing also confirmed that the bride and groom were northern beaches residents and the matter remains under investigation.

"We're trying to work out who is was that was there," he said.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Assistant Commissioner Willing the vast majority of people have been abiding by the current health orders.

"The community by and large has made great sacrifices over a considerable period of time," he said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said "all of us were left shaking out heads" following the breaches made by the bride, groom and guests at this wedding.

"If you do the wrong thing you will be caught, especially when it's so brazen," she said.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone with information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of COVID-19-related ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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