26 March 2020 

The Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) is outraged to hear reports of blatant disregard for strict social distancing restrictions, and putting the safety of our members at risk, during an alcohol-fuelled disturbance in Alice Springs overnight.

NTPA President, Paul McCue, said the rigorous new social distancing guidelines are in place to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, and for sections of the community to simply ignore that advice is deplorable.

“What we saw in Alice Springs last night was completely unacceptable behaviour that put our members at significant risk. This simply cannot be tolerated.

“It is clear from our member feedback that excessive amounts of alcohol have fuelled this disgusting behaviour, and we are pleased the Northern Territory Government will monitor the newly implemented restrictions on alcohol volume sales that came into place yesterday in Western Australia. 

“First responders including police and medical professionals are on the frontline protecting the community during this rapidly evolving pandemic and it is disgraceful that they have been subjected to such violent attacks.

“The message is simple; don’t gather in large groups. This is for your own safety and the safety of the wider community, particularly our most vulnerable. We echo the Commissioner’s message that ignorance is not an excuse,” said Mr McCue.


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