COVID breaches: Northern beaches rates in Sydney's worst for breaches

FINE TIME: The northern beaches is among the top 10 Sydney locations for ignoring COVID rules. Picture: Shutterstock
FINE TIME: The northern beaches is among the top 10 Sydney locations for ignoring COVID rules. Picture: Shutterstock

THE northern beaches is among the worst locations in Sydney when it comes to people breaching COVID-19 rules.

With locally-acquired COVID-19 cases being detected in Sydney this week and health authorities scrambling to contain an emerging cluster in Bondi new data shows just how many people flout the rules.

Between March 2020 and March 2021, 3660 people were proceeded against by NSW Police for a COVID related breach of the Public Health Act 2010.

Of those, 2635 people were slapped with an infringement notice while 663 of them were aged 10-17 years and were issued a warning or caution. The majority of people proceeded against for COVID related breaches were aged 18-29 (1297 people or 35 per cent).

The northern beaches was among the top 10 locations in Sydney for flouting COVID restrictions, with 88 people receiving a fine or court attendance notice for a breach.

Top of the list was Blacktown with 374 people accused of breaching the health act. This was followed by City of Sydney (250), Canterbury-Bankstown (241) and the Sutherland Shire (167).

Number of people caught breaching COVID rules

  • Blacktown 374
  • Sydney 250
  • Canterbury-Bankstown 241
  • Sutherland Shire 167
  • Penrith 151
  • Liverpool 124
  • Campbelltown 114
  • Cumberland 114
  • Fairfield 104
  • Waverley 89
  • Inner West 89
  • Northern beaches 88

When assessing the rate of people flouting the rules, this is determined by the number of breaches compared with the population, the northern beaches fell lower down the list.

Waverley, the centre of the current COVID cluster, was the worst LGA in Sydney at a rate of 135 people breaching the rules out of every 100,000 population.

Blacktown wasn't too far behind at a rate of 118.7, City of Sydney was 107.5, while the northern beaches 36.8.

Given the latest cases of community transmission, NSW Health is asking people in the Sydney and Blue Mountains area (excluding the Central Coast and Wollongong and the Illawarra) to follow updated health advice until 12.01am on Thursday, June 24:

Avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to two people per day.

Face masks are mandatory on public transport and strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities, and for front-of-house hospitality staff.

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