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Covid rule breakers breaching the States Health Regulations hit with fines

Covid rule breakers breaching the States Health Regulations have been stung with an eye watering amount of fines, caught red handed. So please do the right thing, mask up and adhere to the restriction rules

The message on the street is that the Police have been attending to breaches locally in Bingara.

Another rumour on the street has it that on the 31/08 in Bingara there was a car broken down at the corner of Maitland Street. The occupants, three men and a woman, were from Newcastle. They then ventured to the Service Station where they were approached by Police during the course of the day. They spent the day at the service station repairing the car.

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Breach of orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.

In the case of an individual, the maximum penalty is $11,000, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both and a further $5500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.

The NSW Police may also issue on-the-spot fines to individuals of

  • $1,000 for breach of a public health order
  • $3,000 for participating in an outdoor gathering of more than 2 people
  • $500 for failure to comply with a direction to wear or carry a mask for those aged 18 years or older
  • $80 for failure to comply with a direction to wear or carry a mask for those aged 16 or 17 years of age
  • $40 for failure to comply with a direction to wear or carry a mask for those aged 15 or younger
  • $5000 for failure to comply with the obligation to answer questions asked by a contact tracer, provide your name and contact details to a contact tracer, and provide true and accurate information to a contact tracer
  • $5000 for failure to comply with obligations to self-isolate if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, including staying at home or in hospital, as determined by a doctor, nurse or paramedic;  providing details of contact with other persons and places you have visited; and complying with NSW Health guidelines 
  • $5000 for failure to comply with obligations to self-isolate if you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19, including staying at home up to 14 days, as determined by a doctor, nurse or paramedic; submitting to testing for COVID-19; and complying with NSW Health guidelines.

In the case of any corporation, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.

Businesses that do not allow employees that can reasonably work from home to do so face a fine of up to

  • $10,000 for corporations
  • $2,000 for individuals. 

Reporting a breach of the rules

You can report any person failing to follow these rules to Crime Stoppers

Who needs to wear a mask

At home or visiting other households

You do not have to wear a face mask at home.

NSW Health strongly recommends wearing face masks if you are unable to physically distance from people you do not live with.

Removing your mask to communicate with someone

You can take off your face mask when you need to communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and seeing the mouth is essential.

It is important to keep 1.5 metres apart, where practicable. 

Visiting residents in aged care

Residents in an aged care facility are not required to wear masks, but all visitors and staff must wear a mask.

People who wear traditional or religious garments

Even if you wear traditional or religious garments, you still need to wear a fitted face mask in the designated settings. 

There are face masks available that can be worn with traditional and religious garments. If you are wearing a face covering, like a veil or scarf, it is recommended that you wear your face mask underneath. 

The face mask needs to fit securely around your face and be designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection. 

Refusing entry to a premises

If a person refuses to wear a face mask at a premise, the occupier of the premises may refuse entry to that person. It is a matter for the occupier of each premises to exercise judgement on what is appropriate for their premises and for the well-being of their staff and customers.

If an occupier intends to refuse entry, they should be familiar with the exceptions and speak to the person to understand their circumstances.

Penalties for breaching a public health order as a Covid Rule Breaker

The NSW Police may issue on-the-spot fines to individuals who

  • breach a public health order 
  • fail to comply with a direction to wear a mask.

SOURCEHealth NSW / Service NSW
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