17 July 2021

Campbell man arrested, 13 students fined for COVID breaches in the ACT

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Policing has fined 13 students for breaching health directions. Photo: Supplied.

A 34-year-old Campbell man has been arrested for breaching COVID-19 compliance orders at a Civic retail store and 13 students have been fined for breaching health directions, according to ACT Policing.

Police attended the retail shop just before 1:00 pm yesterday (16 July) after a staff member requested assistance when the man became aggressive and verbally abused staff after being told he needed to use the Check In CBR app.

The man allegedly refused to listen to police and repeatedly abused staff, using offensive language. He was arrested and charged with using offensive language in a public place and failing to comply with health directions.

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Thirteen students were also issued with fines after police found they usually lived in the Greater Sydney area and did not have valid exemptions to be in the ACT. They were each issued with a $1000 fine for breaching the ACT’s health orders.

It is illegal for anyone to enter the ACT from the Greater Sydney area without a valid exemption. Returning residents must still fill in an ACT Health declaration prior to entering the ACT and are subject to restrictions upon re-entering the Territory.

The students remain in isolation at their university residences for the remainder of their required 14-day isolation period.

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The university of Canberra is now shown in a bad light. If they have this mass Covid non compliance they certainly don’t need my business.

This is a direct consequence of our courts failing us earlier.

In previous lockdowns, charges were laid across Australia when people broke the rules.

The courts generally let them off much lighter than they should have.

Now people have seen the consequences aren’t as severe as they were told.

So they have little concern about breaking the rules.

After these muppets test negative, send them to jail.

Disgusting, absolutely disgusting! These are poor uni students with massive HECS debts and the ACT has slapped them with $1000 fines. The government has become more oppressive day by day. We are slaves to the virus! Lock down at any chance for a variant of the virus that is less deadly than the flu. This sickens me more than corona ever will!

Hey Sam – there’s an easy way for these “poor uni students” to avoid being slapped with a fine – OBEY THE RULES! It’s soft touches like you that makes these selfish ingrates think they can get away with it. I’m totally with Brianna, it’s time to up the ante on ignoramuses who putthemselves above evetone else. Thankfully the bulk of Australians don’t share your complacency when it comes to the virus.

It sickens me that you get your information from Covid conspiracy and denier sites and not medical and science sources.
One in about 40 to 50 people who catch Covid die.
About one in ten have long term health problems and some of those might be life long. This is even for mild cases.

The contempt for the ACT that is shown by so many Sydney residents needs to be addressed. Time to up the fine from the paltry $1000 up to a minimum $5000 fine with the option of adding on gaol time. We, in the ACT have such a good thing going with our little bubble and it seems that the arrogance of a few is intent on causing a lock down here.

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