New South Wales police have begun fining individuals for breaking rules around coronavirus restrictions.
A Sydney massage parlour owner, three staff members and a returned traveller from the Lake Macquarie area are the first to cop infringements.
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Police from Sydney City Police Area Command were conducting a patrol in the SBD yesterday, to ensure individuals and businesses were complying with the amendments to the Public Health Act announced by the federal government earlier this week.
As a result of these inspections, a massage parlour on Sussex Street was identified as still operating, contrary to a Public Health Order.
Officers spoke with the female owner of the business and issued her with a $5000 fine, while three female staff members were also issued with $1000 fines.
In a separate incident, a 65-year-old woman who’d arrived from Bali last weekend was ordered to quarantine for two weeks, though after police received information that she’d contravened the order.
She was issued a warning on Monday, but was then found to have left her home again yesterday.
She’s since been issued with a $1000 fine for failing to comply with the direction.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said the rules could not be clearer and they apply to everyone.
“No one is above the law. If you decide to ignore a direction, you will be caught, and you may very well find yourself slapped with a hefty fine,” the Minister said.
“The fact that people are still not complying is the reason why we have police out in full force enforcing these directions.
“This behaviour is not only reckless and stupid, but potentially deadly,” Minister Elliot said.
Police are calling on anyone with information about members of the community breaching Public Health Orders or otherwise contravening the Public Health Act is urged to report online to Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.