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.