Bangalow health food staff fined for failing to mask-up – The Echo


Police have fined staff in a Bangalow health food store for failing to wear face masks.

Just a week ago, it was possible for someone to legally refuse to prove exemption from face-mask rules in NSW, even to a police officer.

But the government has since updated applicable law and anyone who cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition must now carry proof of exemption.

Acceptable proof of exemption is listed as either a medical certificate or letter signed by a health practitioner or a registered NDIS provider, or a statutory declaration.

Second Main Arm party in as many weeks to breach public health orders

Tweed-Byron Police said on Monday morning they’d responded to a large amount of calls and crime stopper reports related to public health order breaches over the past week.

A man from Ocean Shores was fined for failing to self-isolate after returning to the region from Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney was in lock-down and anyone leaving the area was under state orders to self-isolate for fourteen subsequent days, regardless of COVID-19 tests or if they were vaccinated.

Another man reportedly hosted a party for a hundred guests in Main Arm, in breach of orders limiting house guests to five.

The news comes after police last week charged a 25-year-old Main Arm man for the same offence.

Police and health authorities were still investigating the breach of Sydney stay-at-home orders by a man who caught a flight to Ballina on 14 July and later turned out to have tested positive to COVID -19.

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