NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has refused to comment on reports his daughter has been fined for breaching the state’s COVID-19 public health orders.
Domenica Barilaro, 20, was reportedly fined $1000 after allegedly driving from Queanbeyan, near the ACT border, to Sydney, and then to Canberra, before returning home on July 9.
Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys said she was cooperative with officers.
“A young lady from down at Queanbeyan was spoken to by police … that lady was considerate of the investigation, polite and forthcoming,” he said on Friday.
“An infringement notice was issued to her.”
Under NSW’s current health orders, people in greater Sydney cannot go more than 10 kilometres from home (unless for essential work or another permitted reason) and are prohibited from going to the regions.
People from regional NSW cannot travel to Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong or to Shellharbour unless they have a “reasonable excuse”, including getting a COVID vaccine or go to a funeral.
Quizzed about the incident on Friday, Mr Barilaro refused to give details.
“I have no comment to make. Private citizens are entitled to their privacy, there is nothing here in relation to the public domain,” he told Sky News.
“Are you asking the hundreds of others who have also been fined?
“They’re private citizens and I’ll leave it at that.”
Also on Friday, Mr Worboys said NSW Police would focus this weekend on people leaving greater Sydney when they shouldn’t, as well as anyone flouting virus rules at city beaches and parks.
On Thursday night, one man was fined after setting up what police described as a “pop-up party” in Manly.
“The young man tried to convince police that it was some sort of marketing strategy or exercise strategy when clearly, clearly, it wasn’t,” he said.
“The people who contacted police described it as a party in the street.”
Mr Worboys said police attended more than 960 COVID-related jobs on Wednesday, with about 600 from reports to Crime Stoppers.
“In total, police detected almost 400 people breaching the Public Health Orders, resulting in about 220 legal actions, ranging from fines through to criminal charges,” he said.
“These numbers are concerning, as the more people do the wrong thing, the more chance there is of the virus spreading.”
Fines issued include:
- A 22-year-old Blacktown woman and a 39-year-old Mount Druitt man who were fined after travelling on public transport to at least nine suburbs – from Richmond in the west through to Sydney CBD – throughout the day. They visited a fast food restaurant and a hotel, where they spent time with two other people.
- Eight people aged 18 and 19 at a short-term rental property at Catalina, near Batemans Bay, who had travelled from their homes at Balgowlah Heights, Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Dover Heights, and Edgecliff. Each was fined $1000 and ordered to head home via the most direct route.