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Toodyay police get new State Emergency powers

POLICE in Toodyay have been granted State emergency powers to enforce strict new community health laws ordered by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

They include fines of up to $50,000 for people who fail to self-quarantine for 14 days after overseas or interstate travel, and up to $250,000 for businesses that ignore orders to close.

A local State of Emergency was declared last month in national measures to fight the world’s deadly new Covid-19 respiratory virus in communities such as Toodyay.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has been appointed State Emergency Coordinator and is urging all West Australians to “support police in this challenging time but more importantly, support each other”.

The first Wheatbelt Covid-19 case was confirmed at Northam Hospital late last month and the number of Wheatbelt cases is expected to increase this month, including in Toodyay.

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