NSW goes into state-wide lockdown with non-compliance fines increased
The entire state of NSW has entered lockdown as of 5pm Saturday, with regional NSW to remain under stay-at-home orders until 12:01am Sunday August 22.
Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a suite of new measures for police enforcing public health orders.
Fines for breaching stay-at-home orders will increase from $1000 to $5000 for those who leave mandatory isolation, or lie on a permit or to contact tracers.
$3000 penalties will apply to those who breach the two-person exercise rule, or enter regional NSW from Greater Sydney without an excuse.
Singles bubbles will need to be registered.
All of Greater Sydney will be required to exercise within 5km of their home, down from 10km.
A permit system will be introduced requiring anyone leaving Greater Sydney to prove they have a valid reason to visit the regions as of Friday next week.
500 extra ADF personnel will be deployed to NSW on Monday.
The announcement comes on what the Premier described as “the most concerning day of the pandemic for NSW”.
466 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, a new record, from 136,000 tests. Four people have died.
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