Police have handed out another 28 fines to people who attended an illegal church service in Blacktown, one of Western Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspots.
Officers attended the Christ Embassy church on Fourth Avenue around 7.30pm on Sunday after being tipped off about a gathering in breach of the Public Health Orders.
Upon arrival, they found around 60 adults and children inside the building, participating in a sermon.
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According to police, there was no QR code at the entry and those in attendance were from various other COVID-19 hotspot LGAs including Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool.
Thirty adults were fined $1000 each for fail to comply with noticed direction and the church was issued with a $5000 PIN.
Following further inquiries, police today issued 27 $500 fines to the same attendees for failure to comply with a direction to wear or carry a mask.
A prohibition order was also served on the pastor, which prevents the church from operating for a seven-day period.
He was also issued a $500 PIN as he was not wearing a mask while in a public place.