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An Australian teenager accused of partying after testing positive for COVID-19 has been accused of ignoring health orders, local police said on Tuesday. He now faces a maximum penalty of $ 20,000 in fines or two years in prison.
Police say the 19-year-old from Kensington Park went to a nightclub and did not quarantine despite being told by South Australia’s public health system that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
The teenager has been accused of failing to comply with instructions under South Australia’s Emergency Management Act. The 2004 law is activated during major emergencies. He is out on bail and will appear in court in February, authorities said.
South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall reportedly called the allegations “very serious”.
“If they’re right, I think it serves as a lesson for every South Australian to comply with these restrictions, otherwise there are very heavy penalties,” he said.
In a statement to local media, Loverboy nightclub said the teenager had put “150 customers, staff and their families at risk.”
“Someone knowingly entering somewhere with a positive result should be considered (a misdemeanor) and we will seek justice,” the club said.
South Australia’s healthcare system placed the nightclub at its COVID-19 exposure sites and shared tips for clients and staff who were there from 10:45 p.m. on December 16 to 4:15 a.m. December 17th. Under its rules, those vaccinated at the club were ordered to quarantine for seven days, while those who were not vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
CBS News contacted the club but did not receive an immediate response.
South Australia and the rest of the country have put in place stricter COVID-19 restrictions due to the increase in cases and the skyrocketing of Omicron.
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