Police will fine people $1000 on the spot if they break social distancing or self-isolation rules.
NSW will introduce on-the-spot fines for anyone found to be breaking self-isolation or social distancing rules:
- $1000 for individuals
- $5000 for businesses
NSW Police said they have 70K officers ready to patrol for compliance.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says if his officers turn up to a house with a party of 100 people, there’ll be 100 fines.
“I’m encouraged that most members of the community are taking this issue seriously and are adhering to the government advice.
“However, disturbingly, our officers have already responded to dozens of reports of breaches of ministerial directions from members of the community.
“This is astounding, and incredibly disappointing, as these people are putting themselves and the wider community at an unacceptable risk.”
The new rules will come into effect at midnight.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott said the measures would send the message that it was taking all precautions extremely seriously.
“We need to kill this virus before it kills us,” he said.
“For that reason the NSW parliament introduced last night swift and certain penalties for people that don’t obey the law.”
NSW now has over 1,000 Covid-19 cases.
Ryan is Contributing Editor