Sydneysiders can be fined $500 if they forget to take a mask with them when they leave the house – even if you’re going to work out and don’t need one.
The fines are being handed out thanks to a July 20 amendment to the NSW Public Health Ordinance prepared by Health Secretary Brad Hazzard.
The order – which makes the lockdown restrictions law – was amended to require everyone in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, Central Coast and Wollongong to show identification and a face mask when asked by police.
“You should always have a face mask with you when you leave your home or temporary accommodation,” it reads.
Police in Bondi spotted moving people on Thursday who they believe were enjoying the sun but not exercising (pictured)
Sydney residents are required to wear a face mask, even if they have just started working out (Photo: Bondi on Thursday)
“Children aged 12 and under, and people with a physical or mental health disease, condition or disability that makes wearing an appropriate face covering unsuitable, are not required to carry a face mask.”
Masks are not required outdoors except in certain situations noted in the order, but if you leave the house without one in your pocket, you could be fined.
They should be worn outdoors when you are at work, are next to food, drinks, or shops, such as standing in line at a cafe or in a fresh market.
If you walk in, you will also have to put on a mask immediately or be fined, and you will probably be refused entry.
But even if you don’t plan to go to any of these places, you should always carry a mask with you and show it if the police ask.
About 1,000 additional police officers have been deployed across the city from Thursday to enforce lockdown rules (pictured)
As of Friday 12.01 am residents of eight boroughs in western Sydney – Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta – must wear masks outside at all times.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Thursday that police were cracking down on people who broke the restrictions.
Fines around face mask requirements more than doubled from $200 to $500, and 1,000 police officers were deployed to enforce the rules.
A woman posted to a local community group that she encountered police on Bondi Beach “who checked everyone’s ID card for suburban compliance and asked to show you have a mask on you.”
“If not, you’ll be fined $500 on the spot,” the woman said.
People who commented on the woman’s post said they also saw police enforce the rule, along with the 10km limit.
A woman said police checked to see if people had face masks and ID on them
People in most parts of Sydney are not required to wear a face mask when exercising outside (Photo: A woman jogging in Bondi)
Fines for Mask Rule Violations Increased to $500 as of Thursday
“They were in town last night doing the same thing, randomly pulling over cars and stuff,” one person wrote.
Another person said they knew someone who was swimming and another who was on his way to train and was fined for not wearing a mask.
New local Covid-19 infections in NSW hit a record high of 239 on Thursday, leading to new powers for police across NSW.
Police will also be able to shut down businesses across the city that repeatedly violate public health regulations.
The help of 300 military personnel has also been requested to aid the effort.
The military supported hotel quarantine policing, logistics in the police operations center and compliance during a border operation in 2020.