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Isolating on the Coast? How good is your Reasonable Excuse?

Police will be checking licences that advise where you LIVE. If you are on the South Coast staying somewhere that has a different address to your licence you best prepare your 'reasonable excuse'. Stay at home rules

You must stay at home, unless you are going to:

  • work (where you can’t work remotely)

  • school or an educational institution

  • shop for food and essentials

  • get medical care or supplies

  • exercise.

You may only leave home with a reasonable excuse, including to

  • avoid injury or illness or escape a risk of harm

  • deal with emergencies or on compassionate grounds

  • access childcare

  • provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance

  • attend a wedding (limited to a total of 5 people) or funeral (limited to a total of 10 people, excluding the person/s necessary to conduct the funeral e.g. funeral director)

  • move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence (a holiday is not an acceptable reason) NOTE: If you have a holiday house on the coast you are staying in you had best be prepared to tell the police exactly how you reside there as well.

  • donate blood

  • undertake legal obligations

  • access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services

  • continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children for children who do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents

  • if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order, go to a place of worship or to provide pastoral care. Penalties for breaching orders Breach of orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties. In the case of an individual, the maximum penalty is $11,000, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both and a further $5500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues. The NSW Police may also issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 for an offence. In the case of any corporation, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.

These restrictions are enforceable under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, effective 31 March 2020, and the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment Order 2020, effective 4 April 2020.

NSW Police are enforcing them and targeting unnecessary travel here on the south coast. If you're convinced people are doing the wrong thing, call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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