I’m a Celebrity Crew Member Charged After Triggering Byron Bay Lockdown
Sydney woman who made it to Byron Bay ahead of the next one I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! season was charged with violating public health orders.
According to cops, the 31-year-old (and fully vaccinated) woman was granted an exemption to travel to Byron for work.
However, she didn’t get an exemption to visit a bunch of businesses and places around Byron and Kingscliff over the weekend, which police claim she absolutely did.
They also allege that she did not register at these locations. And now, to make matters worse, she has tested positive for COVID-19, with authorities believing she was contagious despite having visited a bunch of places.
It was this alleged violation that triggered the seven-day snap lockdown in the Byron and Tweed local government area.
The woman, from Rushcutters Bay in eastern Sydney, has been charged with five counts of failing to comply with an electronic recording directive and is due to appear in local court in Tweed Heads on Monday, November 8.
The production company ITV Studios Australia, which produces I am a celebrity, said in a statement he had filmed in northern New South Wales “in accordance with public health orders and restrictions”.
“We take our COVIDSafe plan very seriously. The health, safety and well-being of the community, as well as of our actors and our team, are our number one priority, ”the statement read.
“We can confirm that one of our crew has tested positive for COVID-19. This discovery was made thanks to the rigorous testing regime implemented by our CovidSAFE plan. The crew member is fully vaccinated and was wearing PPE at work.
The outbreak and possible lockdown have exploded tensions between the region of northern New South Wales – which has some of Australia’s lowest vaccination rates – and the state government, with an MP liberal Catherine cusack appeal to the Minister of Health Brad Hazzard to resign (???).
“I call on Brad Hazzard to step down because he ignored the regions and hold him personally responsible for the new lockdown and destroying the progress we have made on the Queensland border arrangement,” she said .
Law. In any event-
The lockdown has triggered restrictions for residents of the border area, with travel between northern New South Wales and southern QLD subject to strict restrictions and for limited essential purposes only.
Hazzard said the seven-day lockdown will be “revised” and encouraged everyone to continue getting tested to make sure the area could come out of lockdown.
“So far these areas have been relatively safe, but we need the community to continue to get tested so that the public health team can be very, very sure what to do when the time expires. those seven days, “Hazzard said on Tuesday.
“Please go out and get tested and go get the shot of course. Get the shot.”
Only 34% of Byron’s residents are fully vaccinated, while nearby Lismore and Tweed are 38.5% and 45% respectively. In comparison, the West Sydney LGA of Blacktown is sitting at 67%.
All adult Australians (yes, even those of us under the age of 40) can currently get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to see which clinics offer it and speak to a doctor for more information.
The best vaccine is the first you can get, and that will be our ticket out of this mess.