The woman at the centre of the Tweed, Byron and Kempsey lockdown and the tightened Queensland border bubble has been charged.
It was revealed overnight that the 31-year-old was granted an exemption to fly from Sydney to northern New South Wales in order to work on the ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ show.
However, the exemption was granted with the conditions that she stays at home when not at work.
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NSW Police allege she broke that condition multiple times, visiting several businesses in Byron Bay and Kingscliff over the weekend before testing positive for Covid-19.
They also allege she failed to check in at those locations using QR codes.
The woman, from Rushcutters Bay, was issued with a Court Attendance notice today (Wednesday 22 September 2021), for five counts of failing to comply with an electronic registration directive.
She’ll front Tweed Court in November.
Her actions have forced the seven-day lockdown of Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and the Kempsey region, meaning they’ve also been booted from Queensland’s border bubble, devastating businesses across northern New South Wales and southeast Queensland once again.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says this isn’t a failure of the state’s exemption system.
“That person did the wrong thing, and I’ve been advised by police that that person’s been charged.
“They were there only to work but what they did was breach the health orders and went to multiple venues that they shouldn’t have gone to,” Ms Berejiklian said today.
Luckily, there has been no new local cases diagnosed in the northern rivers area overnight.
The woman had received two doses of the vaccine.
More to come.