Coronavirus: Bushland rave among three parties broken up by NSW police

Nadine Carroll
·3-min read

On Friday night NSW police were kept busy with three major breaches of the coronavirus public health order.

Three seperate large gatherings were broken up by police yesterday evening including a bushland rave with 200 attendees and a pre-wedding party with 100 guests.

In NSW residents are allowed a maximum of 20 people in their home at one time, although NSW’s Chief Health Officer “recommends a COVID-Safe precautionary approach of limiting visitors to the home to 10 people as a general principle”.

The gatherings come as NSW Health confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

A ‘Pre-wedding party’

A large gathering breaching coronavirus public health orders.
NSW confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Source: Getty stock

Just before 9pm police attended a home in Sydney’s west after receiving several noise complaints.

When officers arrived at the Auburn home on Chisholm Rd, they saw approximately 75 to 100 people gathered at the front of the property.

Many of the people left when they spotted police arriving and a 39-year-old man allegedly told police he was hosting a pre-wedding function.

NSW police anticipate penalties to be issued.

Jindabyne dance party shut down

A large dance party with approximately 200 people was broken up by Monaro district police about 11pm last night.

When police arrived at the bushland site in Lake Jindabyne they saw a large bonfire, lighting and a DJ playing music over a speaker system.

The majority of the party goers fled into bushland when police arrived, authorities said.

NSW Police assistant commissioner Scott Whyte said a "significant number" of people were detained.

"Every single person that's been identified will be fined," he told reporters on Saturday.

50 guests attend a wake

Blacktown police arrived at a property about 10:30pm after receiving information about a large gathering.

When they arrived they found marquee tents set up in the front yard of a home with approximately 50 people who were attending a wake.

A 44-year-old woman spoke to police and was issued with a $1000 fine for failing to comply with the COVID-19 public health order.

Of the new cases in the state, eight are associated with the Thai Rock restaurant cluster making it the largest cluster in NSW, overtaking the Crossroads Hotel in Casula.

One case is under investigation and six are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

There are now 56 cases associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster, 60 cases associated with the Thai Rock restaurant, including 9 associated with Our Lady of Lebanon Church and eight cases associated with the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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