21-year old fined $4,000 for partying and shopping

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A woman has been fined $4,000 after a trip to Newcastle plunged 600,000 residents into lockdown. (Source: Getty)

A 21-year old Sydney woman has been fined $4,000 after she and a friend travelled from Sydney to Newcastle.

The woman and her friend left Sydney to party and shop in Newcastle before testing positive and sending 600,000 people into lockdown in the Hunter region.

The two women had been stopped by police near Newcastle and were told to return to Sydney, but the pair instead attended a party in Shortland.

While on their travels, the pair visited a number of shops, including a nail salon and clothing stores, where they failed to comply with check-in requirements.

The two women then attended a second party at Blacksmiths Beach. Both parties were later confirmed to be transmission events.

Both women have now been charged, recieving a $4,000 fine each.

Magistrate Robyn Dene, who handed down the sentence, said the woman's actions had severe consequences.

“That's important, a lot of people think nothing will happen, I won't get caught, but you did," she said, as reported by ABC news.

"Not only that, it actually led to significant issues for Newcastle."

COVID-19 fines

The $4,000 fines are quite small compared to others that were handed out during harsh lockdowns earlier this year.

In August this year, four Sydney men received $17,000 worth of fines after claiming they were out exercising at 2am but failed to convince NSW Police.

The four men were from local government areas (LGA) of concern, which includes Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.

In another instance, five men were issued $5,000 fines each after being caught sitting at a table on a footpath in Leppington, after testing positive for COVID-19.

Officers were conducting patrols in Leppington on Monday when they saw the men sitting at the table without face masks.

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