New restrictions for main COVID areas and masks fine increased to $500

The penalty for not wearing a mask where required will be increased from $200 to $500. Picture: John Veage
The penalty for not wearing a mask where required will be increased from $200 to $500. Picture: John Veage

Residents in eight council areas, including Georges River, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Fairfield, will be subject to new exercise, mask and shopping rules from Friday.

Other measures announced on Thursday in response to the escalating COVID-19 situation include a high-visibility policing operation across Sydney and an increase in the penalty for not wearing a mask where required from $200 to $500.

The new rules applying to Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta from 12.01am on Friday are:

  • Exercise, outdoor recreation and singles bubble visits must be done within 5kms of the person's home;
  • Individuals cannot travel more than 5kms from home for shopping, unless the goods or services are not readily available in that area; and
  • Masks must be worn at all times outside the home regardless of proximity to others.

The penalty for not wearing a mask where required will be increased from $200 to $500.

The new measures were revealed by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Police Minister David Elliott.

They follow the addition on yesterday of Georges River, Campbelltown and Parramatta to local government areas (LGAs) where only authorised workers are allowed to leave for work.

NSW recorded 239 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Of these, 66 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 70 cases remains under investigation.

A high-visibility policing operation has been launched to help implement the new measures and generally tackle the further spread of COVID-19 Delta strain.

Mr Elliott said thousands of police will be deployed across Greater Sydney.

They will include officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command and general duties.

Mr Elliott said new powers had also been granted to the Police Commissioner to shut down businesses, construction sites and public premises where there was a risk to public health.

"The new restrictions follow a call from the vast majority in the community who are doing the right thing by complying with the Public Health Orders," Mr Elliott said.

"The time for warnings is over. I know 99 per cent of the population are furious with the minority who continue to disregard the health orders and put the safety and livelihoods of families at risk.

"Crime Stoppers received more than 15,000 calls and reports providing information following last weekend's illegal protest.

"Police made it clear from the start, they want to educate - not fine - members of the community but the 15,000 calls to Crime Stoppers is a clear message to the Government that the community expects action.

"If we all work together, these new rules have the potential to stop the spread of the virus and save lives."

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said police would "significantly ramp up compliance activities with officers performing an extra 1000 shifts throughout the next week".

"The stronger powers and police presence are about getting us out of lockdown sooner," he said.

COVID information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

To report individuals or businesses in contravention of a public health order visit http://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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