Police have fined nine men as part of their investigations into illegal parties in Sydney’s eastern suburbs that have led to dozens of COVID-19 cases.
Last month, police set up a task force to investigate reports of large gatherings in the beachside suburb of Maroubra.
One of the gatherings, an illegal house party on August 14 attended by up to 60 people, has been blamed for a cluster of 81 COVID-19 cases.
NSW Health said the gathering, held in breach of COVID-19 restrictions, has so far led to 20 confirmed cases among guests who have then infected 61 others. Authorities said a number of the attendees lived in the 12 local government areas of concern.
As part of police investigations into that party, officers discovered that a number of people had gathered at Malabar Headland on Friday, July 23.
“It is suspected that this party is also linked to cases of COVID-19,” NSW Police said in a statement.
The nine men – aged 24, 22, 20, three aged 19 and three aged 18 – were on Wednesday issued $1000 fines over the party.
Police said investigations into the August gatherings at Maroubra were continuing and officers were looking into any links between the Malabar and Maroubra parties.