RETURNING TOURISTS FINED FOR BREAKING 14 DAY QUARANTINE

Two returning tourists have been fined $1000 each after breaking their 14-day quarantine.

The 22-year-old man and 23-year-old woman arrived in Sydney from Thailand on March 24 and were told to quarantine at their Hillvue home, near Tamworth, for two weeks.

But instead, Police say the pair travelled 120km to Boggabri on March 27, where they came into contact with another person.

Officers visited the Hillvue home and issued them both with $1,000 fines for failing to comply with a direction under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010.

NSW Police officers now have additional power to issue Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) to anyone found to be in contravention of a ministerial direction under the Public Health Act.

PINs carry on-the-spot fines of $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses.