Instagram influencer shocked after photo sparks 'weird' police visit

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Police have visited the home of a Bondi-based influencer to check she was complying with Greater Sydney’s stay-at-home orders after she shared a throwback photo on social media.

Dominique Elissa posted a picture to Instagram from a previous holiday to Jervis Bay, about three hours south of Sydney. The 26-year-old model flaunts a bikini and a pair of rainbow Crocs in the image, which is captioned: “Don’t care what anyone says, crocs are a vibe.”

It wasn’t long before the beachside bikini snap was reported to police amid widespread speculation online she’d breached Sydney’s coronavirus lockdown and fled to the NSW South Coast.

Influencer Dominique Elissa poses in a bikini at Jervis Bay. Source: Instagram/dominiquelissa
Influencer Dominique Elissa was wrongly reported to police for breaching the Greater Sydney lockdown after she posted a throwback picture from when she was in Jervis Bay. Source: Instagram/dominiquelissa

The 26-year-old model shared her shock with her 231,000 followers after two police officers rocked up to check she was following health orders following multiple complaints she was on holiday.

“The weirdest thing just happened, two police just rocked up at our house and needed to check I was here because they’ve gotten multiple complaints from people saying I am in Jervis Bay,” she said in a video posted to TikTok.

“I posted a throwback like a few days ago and I’m literally in so much shock that people went to the extent to call the police.”

Dominique, who has been regularly sharing videos of her daily walks and outdoor workouts, said she was confused as to how anyone suspected she had skipped town.

She went on to thank those who complained for their “concerns”.

The video has been viewed more than 26,000 times since it was posted, sparking outrage from many of her followers who claim others should “mind their own business”.

Bondi is among suburbs in Greater Sydney currently under NSW’s stay home order, which only allows people to leave home for four reasons and travel as far as 10km to exercise.

A photo of model Dominique Elissa, who says she hasn’t left the eastern suburbs amid the latest outbreak and the stay-at-home restrictions. Source: Instagram/dominiquelissa
Dominique Elissa said she hasn’t left the eastern suburbs amid the latest outbreak and the stay-at-home restrictions. Source: Instagram/dominiquelissa

Police encourage residents to report Covid-19 health breaches 

A spokesperson for NSW Police said officers across the state act on information from the public concerning people who may be in breach of the current health orders.

In today’s NSW health briefing, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys warned it was still evident people were breaching Covid restrictions "for very selfish reasons".

He highlighted a party detected by police in the CBD where seven people were fined.

Stock image of Sydney-siders wearing masks in public amid the city's ongoing lockdown. Source: Getty
Sydneysiders are continually being urged to restrict their movements amid the city's ongoing lockdown. Source: Getty

"Seven people in a small office suite. Birthday cake, alcoholic drinks, birthday food, and a person passed out on the floor.

"No evidence of any mask wearing, no good reason to be in that office suite, no good reason to have a party."

A total of 1418 people have now been diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak began on June 16.

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