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Ticket issued to Hunter Reynolds for non-essential travel while getting a driving lesson from her mother.
COVID-19; Australian teen
fined for 'nonessential travel'
By Caroline Hoy
Many people are taking the quarantine
seriously, but it’s easy to see that the feeling
is not mutual everywhere. People have been
fined as a way to keep them in their houses.
With this is place, people are not outside for
no reason. From reports, the fines have been
reasonable since the world has been in a state
However, in Australia there is a different
story. In Frankston, Victoria, a suburb in
Melbourne, someone was fined $1,652 for
being out of her house with her mother.
Hunter Reynolds, 17, was out of the house
with her mother to do a driving lesson.
Although people were not supposed to leave
their house at that time, the fine that was about
$1,700, which seems a bit over the top.
The main hole in the story is that hundreds
were reported to be at Sydney’s beaches that
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As the region of the exclusion zone has
been taken over by nature, forest fires are not
Firsov also acknowledged this, stating, “The
problem of setting fires to grass by careless
citizens in the spring and autumn has long been
a very acute problem for us. Every year we see
the same picture — fields, reeds, forests bum
in all regions.”
The main problem with this event is that the
fires are releasing radiation previously trapped
in the soil, leaves and wood of the forests around
day and none of those people had any fines. In
fact many of those people failed at being six
feet apart from one another.
On the other hand, Reynolds was staying in
the car with her mother and not getting out at
any stops. In fact, Reynolds’s mother did not
even know that what they were doing was
considered illegal. The fine is currently up for
debate on whether it was being too strict or not.
The police have given out other fines that
are being contested. For example, one man
in Newcastle, New South Wales was given a
$1,000 fine for eating on a park bench. The
price of the fines are very high especially since
the people who receive the fine may not realize
that the act they are doing is against the mles.
In one part of Australia, the fines have reached
up to $11,000.
Everyone is probably getting stir crazy at
this point in time. The tme question behind
this is what are reasonable fines for leaving
the confines of one’s home?
and within the exclusion zone.
Police have arrested a suspect believed to
have caused the fire. He is a 27-year-old man
from the area who reportedly told police he had
set grass and garbage on lire in three places
“for fun.” After he lit the fires, he said the wind
picked up and he was unable to put them out.
Firsov even commented on how there needs
to be harsher penalties for anyone caught
starting fires in the area stating, “There are
relevant draft bills. I hope they will be voted
in. Otherwise, large-scale fires will continue to
occur every autumn and spring.”
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the appeal process,” Radford said in an email
interview. “Our goal was to be fair and con
sider all circumstances. We also wanted to not
prolong a decisive action by the college, so we
had to initiate a policy for the entire residential
population, knowing there would be exceptions
that certainly warrant the full refund.
“All those students need to do is email me
with details, as my email indicated. Brevard’s
stance was never to be unfair. We have a pro
cedure and an appeal process in place to pro
tect those that could not get back to campus,”
The 25 percent of room and board funds not
reimbursed will be used to pay for expenses
needed to run the college so they are ready to
be fully operable in the fall, Radford said.
“The goal was to issue credits to students
that were logical and fair, yet help sustain our
financial viability to hit the ground running in
August,” Radford said. “We do plan to continue
with updates to campus for you all, but that
source of funding is separate from this refund
Many students at other schools have not been
so fortunate about refunds. Two schools coming
under fire for their questionable methods in
clude Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South
Carolina and the University of North Carolina—
Charlotte. Students at these schools are facing a
terrible dilemma: they are still required to pay
rent for student housing, despite the fact that
none of them are living in those spaces.
“A lot of them can’t afford to stay there—they
have a loss of income, their parents have a loss
of income,” said Rima Daya, a parent of a junior
at Winthrop who lives at Walk2Campus.
“The financial burden for me is that I work a
little bit but most of what I rely on to pay rent
comes from my parents, and with both of them
not really working right now, there’s not any
income coming in to pay rent in the foresee
able future,” UNC-Charlotte senior Yovany
During these trying times, it is important
to help one another as much as possible. By
refunding students’ money, colleges are doing
the right thing in the long run. The economy and
all aspects of life have already been affected by
COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for
quite a while. BC students are lucky to go to a
school that is willing to be fair and just to all
students by implementing an appeal process.
“I am here to answer any questions that
may help students and families understand
this process, and to assure all that Brevard has
implemented a procedure in the effort to be fair
to you all,” Radford said. “We hope all of our
students are staying safe, and we look forward
to the day where things are back to normal.”