On-The-Spot $1,000 Fines Will Be Given To People In NSW For Breaking Self-Isolation
The New South Wales (NSW) government has revealed its financial incentive for people to not break self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
While people should just heed the advice from authorities, there are some who don't.
But if you decide to break the law, you could end up copping a $1,000 on-the-spot fine.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott said in a press conference: "We need to kill this virus before it kills us.
"For that reason the NSW Parliament introduced last night swift and certain penalties for people that don't obey the law.
"We don't rule out any further developments when it comes to the enforcement of these regulations. Everything is on the table."
New social gathering rules will come into effect at 11:59pm on Wednesday (March 25) restricting people from doing various things.
Personal training groups cannot be larger than 10 or more people, the same with funerals, and weddings are even smaller at five people.
Activities like a casual kick around with a footy and a bunch of mates is also not allowed, even if everyone is adhering to social distancing rules.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said: "If you're at Centennial Park and there's an individual who's organised a training session with over 10 people, the individual who organised it will get $5000 fine and the individuals training will get a $1000 fine.
"This health crisis is like nothing we have ever experienced.
"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."
A team of more than 70,000 officers will be patrolling areas around New South Wales over the coming weeks to ensure that everyone is complying with the new rules.
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