A woman caught violating Sydney’s lockdown by traveling more than 6 miles from home told police she couldn’t get Lebanese food ‘anywhere else’.
Police detained the woman and several others after they were caught illegally gathering in a Bankstown park in the Covid-hit southwest of the city on Tuesday.
Sydneysiders can travel no more than 3 miles from their home to pick up essentials or exercise, which is limited to just two people.
A woman was detained by Bankstown police on Tuesday (pictured) after she was spotted with at least five others in a park in southwestern Sydney.
Masks are required inside and out unless exercising, and residents of Sydney’s virus hotspots are only allowed to exercise outside for one hour a day.
But the maskless woman offered officers a bizarre excuse for violating the restrictions when she was spotted in a park with at least six others – just hours after anti-lockdown protests were held nearby.
Footage posted online shows the arguing woman telling officers it is “unlawful” for them to ask for proof of address while a horde of supporters stand by to film the interaction.
‘What? I can’t talk to anyone?’ she taunts.
“Listen Mom, can I please confirm your ID? We’ve seen you interact and gather in the park,” the officer responds.
‘You say you are exercising, but you are only allowed to exercise with one other person within the same five-kilometer radius of your household.’
The woman tells the officers that she needs them to write down their names and details first, as it is their duty to serve her.
“You must give me your name, your badge number, the name of your station and your liability insurance,” she said.
‘This is not lawful. You work for me. You must provide me with all these things.’
The woman claimed it was ‘unlawful’ for police to ask for proof of her address as she resisted handing over her ID
After police determined she was more than 6 miles from home, she claimed she was exercising and picking up Lebanese food that she couldn’t get anywhere else
After further discussion, the woman finally hands over her ID when the officer threatens that she will be arrested.
“Rosa’s, in Bankstown, Lebanese food – that was the only place I could get it,” the woman says, explaining why she is more than 6 miles from home.
“But you just told me you were working out?” the officer responds.
The woman comes back by claiming she was on her way to get food after exercise, before police point out that she also exceeded the daily exercise limit for her area.
‘Yes, I am now. But I’m not going to get groceries and take them to the park,” the woman claims.
“Okay, well, you’ve had over an hour to exercise – and now you’re more than 6 miles from home,” the officer says.
‘You are only allowed to exercise within a radius of 5 km from home. You’ve committed an offence.’
The woman squabbles that it is not an ‘indictment’ and just a ‘directive’ as officers say she will receive a fine in the mail.
Her fellow Crusaders all cheer as the cops walk away, vowing the punishment will be torn apart.
‘Let’s take it off. It won’t even go to court,” another woman shouts.
The man who is being held hostage: ‘Look at all those Australian traitors. Shut up. You don’t even follow your own rules.’
NSW Police said on Tuesday that several people had been charged and fined in Bankstown, but could not confirm whether there was any connection to the incident at the park.
“Officials … have indicted three people and issued six more breach notices related to public health violations during protest activities in Bankstown yesterday,” it reads.
“We cannot confirm whether any of these allegations or infringements are related to the video in question.”
While it’s unclear what and how many fines the woman received, those caught violating the two-person exercise rule could be beaten in any way with a $3,000 fine on the spot.
Failure to wear or wear a mask when necessary is subject to a $500 fine, while those caught violating public health regulations such as travel restrictions could face a $1,000 fine.
There were 79 separate anti-lockdown protests across NSW on Tuesday: Pictured: People gathered outside the Sutherland Shire Council building in Sutherland, South Sydney on Tuesday
There were 79 separate demonstrations across NSW on Tuesday as protesters flocked to stand silently outside town councils to demonstrate against lengthy lockdowns and mandatory vaccinations.
During the coordinated event, dubbed ‘Shut Down Australia Day’, police arrested more than 150 people for violating health regulations banning gatherings to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Nearly 600 fines were also handed out statewide for a range of violations, including failing to wear appropriate masked coverings, violating stay-at-home orders and illegally participating in open-air public gatherings.
The demonstrations stretched from Lismore and Tweed Heads, in the northern region of NSW, to southwestern Sydney, including Fairfield City, Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown and Liverpool, and Wollongong and Shellharbour in the south of the state.
Other rallies were held in the western region of the state, in cities such as Tamworth, Mudgee and Bathurst, as well as outside government offices and police stations in Melbourne and Queensland.