Australia: Man fined for partying at Adelaide nightclub after positive COVID-19 test

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A man who ignored his positive COVID-19 test result and continued to party at an Adelaide nightclub, putting 150 people into isolation over Christmas, has been handed a $600 fine.

Ralph McIntosh also avoided a conviction when he pleaded guilty to comply with emergency management rules before Adelaide Magistrates' Court this morning.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of a $20,000 fine or up to two years in jail.

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Ralph McIntosh has pleaded guilty to failing to comply with emergency management rules in Adelaide. © Nine Ralph McIntosh has pleaded guilty to failing to comply with emergency management rules in Adelaide.

McIntosh received a text message from SA Health at 10pm on December 17 announcing he had COVID-19 positive and needed to isolate.

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He was at Loverboy nightclub at the time.

The court heard he did not "access" the text until the next morning, when he was at a coffee shop.

His lawyer told the court McIntosh had been able to find employment due to the publicity since he was charged on December 28.

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