Covid-19 Australia: The weird fines given for people breaking Sydney and Queensland lockdown rules


Bonfires, holding children’s fencing lessons, and fishing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge are among some of the bizarre ways people have been caught floating Covid restrictions. 

Police revealed fines were mostly issued in relation to failing to wear face masks and travelling beyond Sydney’s mandated 10km travel limit.

Construction sites, parks and local fishing spots were just some of the locations where the breaches took place.

Police said they also intercepted a number of potential breaches after receiving dozens of tip-offs from members of the public to Crime Stoppers. 

Police have revealed fines in breach of health restrictions were mainly due to failure to wear face masks and travelling beyond Sydney's permitted 10km radius (pictured, Sydneysiders walk during lockdown)

Police have revealed fines in breach of health restrictions were mainly due to failure to wear face masks and travelling beyond Sydney’s permitted 10km radius (pictured, Sydneysiders walk during lockdown)

Police intercepted dozens of potential lockdown breaches from members of the public tipping off Crime Stoppers (pictured, police speak to commuters in Sydney)

Police intercepted dozens of potential lockdown breaches from members of the public tipping off Crime Stoppers (pictured, police speak to commuters in Sydney)

Police intercepted dozens of potential lockdown breaches from members of the public tipping off Crime Stoppers (pictured, police speak to commuters in Sydney)

‘A lot of the reports are related to face masks and concerns about locations where people are gathering,’ North Shore Police told The Daily Telegraph. 

It comes as a man in his 20s and a 17-year-old were issued infringement notices for not complying with health orders after a bonfire was lit in Cremorne on Saturday. 

Police had responded to concerns around a number of people gathering at the Little Young Street Community Garden, around 9pm, for the bonfire. 

On Thursday evening, four men were also fined at Milsons Point for fishing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Police said the men were from Box Hill, Beaumont Hills and Tallawong and were therefore in breach of the 10km limit allowed for recreational activities, and were also found to have exceeded the two person limit.  

Police have increased enforcement, doubling fines for failing to wear a face mask from $200 to $500 (pictured, a woman is spoken to by police in Brisbane's lockdown)

Police have increased enforcement, doubling fines for failing to wear a face mask from $200 to $500 (pictured, a woman is spoken to by police in Brisbane's lockdown)

Police have increased enforcement, doubling fines for failing to wear a face mask from $200 to $500 (pictured, a woman is spoken to by police in Brisbane’s lockdown)

A North Willoughby woman was also slapped with a fine for hosting a children’s group fencing lesson after a tip-off from Crime Stoppers.

Police were called to her home on Wednesday and found two children inside the home.

The woman tried to claim one of the children as her own, which was later proven false, with police fining her for breaching the public health orders by conducting the lesson in an indoor venue and exceeding the person limit.  

A man from the Gold Coast, along with his pregnant wife, was fined and ordered off a beach for watching their kids surf.

The man and woman were watching their three children, aged 13 years and under, surf at Palm Beach which is located in front of the family’s home. 

Gold Coast police acknowledged that parents may need to supervise their children’s exercise but suggested to choose more ‘suitable options’ during lockdown. 

‘Rethink what particular activities you could be doing at this point in time,’ Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman told The Courier Mail.

‘I understand that kids need to exercise the same as everybody else, but if you need to keep an eye on them while they’re doing it maybe pick an activity that might be more suitable.’ 

A Gold Coast couple were fined and moved along from Palm Beach for supervising their three children aged 13 and under as they surfed (pictured, an unrelated woman on the beach)

A Gold Coast couple were fined and moved along from Palm Beach for supervising their three children aged 13 and under as they surfed (pictured, an unrelated woman on the beach)

A Gold Coast couple were fined and moved along from Palm Beach for supervising their three children aged 13 and under as they surfed (pictured, an unrelated woman on the beach)

Commissioner Mick Fuller has called on over 300 ADF officers to assist with NSW Police Covid-19 public health order compliance (pictured, police in Sydney on Monday)

Commissioner Mick Fuller has called on over 300 ADF officers to assist with NSW Police Covid-19 public health order compliance (pictured, police in Sydney on Monday)

Commissioner Mick Fuller has called on over 300 ADF officers to assist with NSW Police Covid-19 public health order compliance (pictured, police in Sydney on Monday)

Police also announced an RBT style tactic to ensure residents are leaving their homes for the right reasons. 

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, Queenland’s top Covid cop, revealed on Monday, police had arrested a record number of 21 people and issued 70 fine to residents flouting lockdown restrictions. 

The total includes 15 protestors that were arrested at Brisbane’s anti-lockdown rally last week.

This comes as NSW Police Commission Mick Fuller called for more than 300 Australian Defence Force personnel to assist with Covid-19 compliance in Sydney.

The ADF is now working with NSW Police to figure out the requirements around compliance and logistics support.

Mr Fuller also warned there will be less warnings issued and more enforcement, with fines for failing to wear a mask doubled from $200 to $500. 

NSW Police are now granted the right to immediately shutdown any premises in breach of Covid-19 public health orders. 

On Thursday the Commissioner warned Police would be keeping a close eye on breaches at Construction sites, with staff set to resume work on July 31.

SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW UNTIL AUGUST 28

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must abide by the following: 

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings outside the home, including offices and apartment buildings

Residents can travel only 10km from their homes

– Exercise and gather in groups of two while outside

– Only one member of each household per day allowed to leave the home for essential shopping

– No browsing in supermarkets and retail businesses. Shop only for essential items

– Funerals are capped at 10, weddings are banned

– No car pooling with other households when going out for exercise

There is no curfew but a stay at home order applies, with only four reasons to leave your home 

Schools are closed with at-home learning in place, but no child will be turned away if they need to attend in person

The new rules are in addition to the stay-at-home orders already in place until July 30, which include only leaving the home to:

*shop for essential items (one person only) 

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only) 

*exercise or for work or education that cannot be conducted remotely

People in Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury in Sydney’s southwest are advised to stay home, unless:

*shop for essential items (one person only) 

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only) 

*For work unless it is an essential service, such as health workers. Businesses must give employees the option of working from home.

* Any essential employees who are permitted to leave their suburbs for work are subject to the same restrictions previously in place, namely receiving a negative Covid test every three days. 

 The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn
  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people)

When does the lockdown end?  

  • Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, July 30, 2021 



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