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$25,000 fines for COVID-positive group at public table

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NSW Police van, aerial view of Western Sydney.
Five men on a footpath and a brothel are the latest to be hit with COVID-19 fines in Western Sydney. (Images: Getty).

Five men have been 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.

"Officers stopped and spoke to the men, who revealed they had tested positive to COVID-19 in rural NSW and had been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days,” NSW Police said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

The men, aged 23, 25, 26, 31 and 32, were all issued with Penalty Infringement Notices and sent home to finish the rest of their mandatory isolation period.

$12,500 fine for Western Sydney brothel

Police also issued $12,500 in fines to employees and customers at a Western Sydney brothel on Monday night, after it was found to still be operating despite a ban on non-essential business operations.

Police received a tip that the Rydalmere business was still operating on Monday night, and found three female employees aged 31, 36 and 56 and two male patrons aged 56 and 57 at the business.

None were wearing face masks.

“All parties initially denied the business was operating – one man stating he was quoting for painting works, and the other visiting his girlfriend,” NSW Police said.

“Police soon confirmed the business had been operating, and the group was advised they would each receive a PIN for not wearing face masks and all but the 36-year-old woman, who was living at the location, would receive a PIN for breaching curfew in an area of concern.”

Police also issued a $5,000 fine to the brothel owner.

However, while all five people were told to return to their homes, police saw the 31-year-old woman attempt to return to the location not long after.

She was later charged with failing to comply with the 9pm curfew and failure to wear a face mask.

The fines come as Sydney enters its 10th week of lockdown, which community leaders say is taking a heavy toll on Western Sydney residents.

"People can no longer afford to pay mortgage, rent, their bills or put food on the table for their children," Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou said.

"We need expedited jabs and we need expedited special payments. Not just the standard $750 being offered to other residents because our local government area is in lockdown and under curfew."

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