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Sydney massage parlour fined for 'breaching new social distancing laws'

Sky News Australia logo Sky News Australia 26/03/2020 Sky News Australia

NSW Police Minister David Elliot says four people caught breaching new social distancing laws in a Sydney massage parlour, were fined by NSW police.

New legislation allows NSW Police to hand out $1,000 fines to people who disregard the new lockdown measures which restrict funerals to no more than 10 people and weddings to no more than five people among other activities.

Mr Elliot reported “a couple of hundred people” had notified Crime Stoppers Australia of breaches to social distancing regulations.

Thursday was the first day in which the social distancing laws came in effect and “police have issued five tickets”.

“We are not going to muck around with this,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray.

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“This is legislation that has been introduced to protect people and save lives”.

Mr Elliot said his “point to the critics of this legislation was as Australians we have a defence force, a police force, a minimum wage, insurance and medicare… to protect ourselves, our lifestyle and to make sure we have minimum standards”.

“In times like this we have to man up and have extra legislation… to maintain the lifestyle we have become accustomed to, he said.

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