Jindabyne dance party guests cop fines for COVID breaches

Police have taken legal action against several people and venues - including those involved in a Jindabyne dance party - for alleged breaches of the state's Public Health Orders.

Further action is anticipated for other alleged breaches detected in the past 24 hours.

Police have issued 12 people with $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) following a large outdoor event in bushland near Lake Jindabyne on Friday, July 24.

About 11.30pm, police were called to the area, and observed a large, organised dance party attended by between 150 to 200 people.

Upon seeing police, the majority of attendees ran into bushland. Details were taken from those left behind and the party was shut down.

Following inquiries, officers attached to Monaro Police District handed out PINs for the offence of fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 - COVID-19 to eight men, aged in their 20s and early 30s, and four women, aged in their 20s.

Meanwhile, officers attached to the Monaro Police District attended a venue in Thredbo, just before 4.30pm on Saturday and observed a number of alleged breaches to the Public Health Act.

This included a breach of capacity limits for the size of the venue, including people waiting in line and not physical distancing, more than 10 persons seated per table, no COVID-Safe marshals and patrons not seated while socialising.

Police spoke to the licensee about the issues, however, when they returned an hour later, observed further breaches occurring and people running away.

The licensee was issued with two $5000 PINs, and a travel company owner who had organised for a large number of patrons to attend the venue was issued a $5000 PIN.

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