Maroubra partygoers fined after dozens of COVID-19 cases emerge

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.

Police are investigating illegal parties at Maroubra

Police are investigating illegal parties at Maroubra Credit:Louise Kennerley

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.

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