NSW’s strict lockdown laws to last at least 90 days, says commissioner

NSW police commissioner says the state’s social distancing laws will end in late June.

Lockdown to last 90 days

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said the state’s lockdown laws banning gatherings of more than two people and preventing people from leaving their homes without a “reasonable excuse” would last 90 days.

“I certainly won’t be seeking an extension, people will have gotten the message by then, hopefully,” he said.

The laws, designed to help slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, will last until 29 June.

NSW Police have been accused of overzealous enforcement of the regulations. But police say they have been spat on and abused while dealing with residents at parks and beaches.

Responding to these allegations, Mr Fuller put a deadline on the laws and said he will “personally” review all fines issued.

“If I think it’s unreasonable, it will be withdrawn immediately and we’ll make personal contact with the individual,” he said.

“I get it, and we want people to be able to stay fit and physically and psychologically healthy.

“But, of course, if I said it’s okay to sit on a park bench, then everyone is going to go to the park. And we’re going to end up back where we started.”

NSW has the nation’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. Police can hand out on-the-spot fines of $1000 to individuals who breach those rules. Courts can deliver maximum penalties of $11,000 and sentence offenders to six months in jail.

The only legal reasons for people to leave home are to work or study, or to go shopping for food or other essential items. Access medical care is also allowed, as is exercise alone or with only one other person. The law also allows for partners who do not live together to travel to see each other.

The harsh laws have already flattened the COVID-19 curve in Australia’s worst-affected state.

“The acceleration of cases in NSW isn’t growing, which is a good thing,” said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who added that stricter rules won’t be put in place if everyone does the right thing.

“We know that we’re having some level of success in reducing the spread. But we have to maintain our vigilance. We are at a very critical phase.”

What do you think of your state’s lockdown laws? Are you prepared for a level four lockdown?

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    101
    3rd Apr 2020
    3:24pm
    The NSW laws are appropriate and needed. Great to see the majority people in my area complying.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:10pm
    I personal don't agree with all of the restrictions, but I love your teddy bear picture.
    Paddington
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:15pm
    Now they need to remove the exercise allowance as people are still congregating as shown on some NSW beaches. All need to be closed. The exercise allowance is seeing people out and about. At least some further restrictions because it is being flaunted.
    Mature people on here need to be setting examples not only in actions but in words.
    Some comments below are inciting others to do the wrong thing to say the least.
    Do people want an Italian or Spanish situation here because that is what will happen if we do not lock down!!
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:20pm
    Padddington it is not the coronavirus that are killing the Italians and Spaniards, watch Dr. Buttar's videos.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:21pm
    And if people cannot go out for fresh air and exercise they have more chances of getting sick!
    older&wiser
    3rd Apr 2020
    8:52pm
    Paddington, totally and utterly disagree about the stopping exercise. It depends where you are. Is a hell of allot difference between all the idiots wanting to exercise, picnic, gather and ignore rules, and people who live in outer areas who are more responsible. I live in an outer suburb, close to large parks and walking paths, and walk my little dog there once or twice a day. I would be lucky to see one game there a week with kids playing, and rarely see anyone else walking the trails. I also cycle the same area.
    Exercise is absolutely essential to both myself and my little dog. And I would absolutely be against any kind of exercise restrictions.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    9:25pm
    I agree older&wiser, wise words, from what I saw today everyone really seemed happy to get out for a walk, not one person was close to anyone other than who they were walking with. More people will die if we cannot get out, we cannot allow anymore restrictions, what we are doing already is working and that is enough.
    Paddington
    3rd Apr 2020
    10:01pm
    Older and wiser, I know and you are right but people doing the wrong thing will make the powers that be rethink their exercise allowance if all do not abide by the rules. Some places may be doing the right thing but many others are still gathering. I hope for your sake that you can continue to walk your little dog and all the other people who have dogs that deserve their walks can too.
    greenie
    4th Apr 2020
    12:58am
    Paddington, your spell checker is up to putty. I am sure you meant 'flouted'!
    Paddington
    4th Apr 2020
    11:05am
    greenie, I stand corrected. We must not flout the laws that have been put in place for our protection.
    Horace Cope
    3rd Apr 2020
    3:44pm
    Whatever it takes to keep people alive. People smarter than me are working hard to stem the spread of this insidious virus and I accept their decisions.
    Paddington
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:16pm
    Yes!
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:09pm
    https://www.youtube.com/drbuttar
    https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/covid-19-evidence-over-hysteria-1
    Check out the videos especially part 3.And the article which is very detailed about the statistics.
    I can't see how there won't be more damage done than the virus itself. Many are not coping as it is, I know my mum is lonely, not having her usual connections to the community and she does not use the internet or smart phone, all I can do is visit her and call her in between. I also feel very sorry for kids missing their friends and other family members.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:47pm
    I agree in part, the virus from what information I have gathered is an engineered virus, not the same as normal flu but similar, the fact is more people will die from the flu and other preventable diseases before coronavirus. Most deaths are being labelled from dying from coronavirus when it should be stated they died WITH the virus but something else killed them. I hope you watch the videos and read the article and get back to tell me what you think.
    aussiecarer
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:03pm
    Hi Incognito - part 3 seems to have been taken down. Maybe you can provide an overview of what it said.
    Paddington
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:18pm
    CoraV, what a disgraceful comment. This is not a flu as we have not even gotten to that season yet. Wake up and do the right thing instead of fighting the system that is trying to protect you.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:19pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15YKs_dyEZI

    I had no problem viewing it, try another browser maybe? Here is the link above that goes direct to it, let me know what you think.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:36pm
    You just don't get it do you. You are part of the problem.

    Yes people die of the flu each year but without the restrictions we have now the number of positive cases would be far higher. Now the problem with that is the BAD CASES, yes most people get a type of "cold" or "flu" but the very sick ones need hospital care.

    If we had no controls in place this virus would likely infect most of the population, say 20 million, now if 5% of that 20 million get very sick and need hospitalisation where do you think those 1 million people would go?

    Ideally we should be doing more, not allowing public transport only having essential shopping, keeping people away from each other far more than we are doing now. Our case numbers each day is reducing but so is our testing numbers, still too many new cases every day.

    Initially the US had less cases than us and look at their population size, within days they past us and now are rocking ahead with cases and still have states without controls in place. The US is a fine example of what NOT to do, they have allowed the virus to run rampant in the community early on and becomes much harder to control now.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:41pm
    Watch the videos Greg. I am not part of the problem, I am staying home and doing what is expected, I am seeking truth, I never even get a cold, have not been sick for years and everyone needs to take care of their own health more and not rely on the medical industry to fix or cure.
    ozrog
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:46pm
    We have a vaccine for the flu and you can't compare until 12mths has elasped
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:53pm
    No proof the flu vaccine works especially when viruses mutate quicker than they can get a vaccine out.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:53pm
    And you get idiots like this who seem to think rules don't apply them, they know better, the government is stupid or whatever, that's why tight controls need to be in place otherwise we will never see the end of the virus until a cure is found.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-australia-hundreds-pictured-at-manly-beach-despite-social-distancing-orders/news-story/f5eb82e2e3c64d603f3dd9cb76af4afe
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:57pm
    Still ignorant of the facts - it's irrelevant you don't get sick, neither do I, but you CAN get the virus and pass it on to someone else.

    In Iceland they are doing far more testing, testing people with NO SYMPTOMS and have found around 50% of positive Covid19 cases have NO SYMPTOMS.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    6:36pm
    I have been home and keeping my distance at the supermarket the only place I have been, no chance of me passing it on. Watch the video's Greg. The facts as you call it are not facts at all, it is a totally spin, you need to understand how they are testing and how the results are not correct. It is not as dangerous as first thought even Dr. Fauci who allowed the engineering of this virus to go ahead admits it now.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2020
    7:11pm
    Incognito, if you can call your mother, then she can call her friends. Even if she doesn't use the internet, she doesn't need a smartphone to stay in touch with her friends.

    Think back as little as even 10 years use of smartphones was not as widespread and yet we still phones people. Nothing has really changed.
    Sundays
    3rd Apr 2020
    7:45pm
    Robo, you are back! Still as ignorant as always.

    I never get sick, I may get Coronavirus and recover quickly, or I could pass it onto others who die. Forget the conspiracy theories people. Social isolation works which is why we have much lower death rates than many other countries.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    7:59pm
    Thanks KSS, she has trouble hearing on the phone, even if it is loud, she is resisting getting hearing aid, very stubborn, I think she just misses the company and maybe the cups of tea and bickies. Her friends to call her too.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2020
    11:28pm
    FFS you are stupid - when I say "you are part of the problem" I mean your thinking, your attitude is part of the problem. You don't realise the dangers in getting the virus and passing it on to others, even if it doesn't affect you at all.

    And your Dr Buttar (if he is a doctor) is another fool or a con. He's been charged by the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners with unethical treatment of four cancer patients who all died because of those treatments.

    He's a quote I found about him:
    "He enjoys, as do a large number of pseudoscience promoters, a loyalty from his followers built on nothing but charisma and anecdote, neither of which has ever been demonstrated to effect the cure of anything except spare cash needed for essentials."

    All he's after is peoples money, he gets that by using You Tube videos to put forward his perverse way of thinking, this in turns gets people in, people who are morons and believe anything they see on the internet - are you one of them Incognito.

    Here's another great quote for you from Dr David H. Gorski who IS a well regarded doctor:

    "The reason I’ve been thinking about this issue again is because last Friday it was announced that one of the most dubious of dubious physicians of which I have ever become aware, Dr. Rashid Buttar of North Carolina, was, after many years of practice, finally disciplined by the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. Basically, the Board restricted his practice so that he could no longer treat children or cancer patients (more on why those two particular restrictions were imposed below). Once hailed as a hero by antivaccinationists and even once having testified to the Subcommittee on Wellness & Human Rights on autism issues, he is now disgraced.

    He's a quack, he charges exorbitant fees for treatments that do nothing, read some of the court cases, fraud cases he's been through. Haha, and you think he knows what he's talking about.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    11:46pm
    I only said watch the videos, I did not once say that I followed or believed in him! I am searching for the truth and if you had watched the videos which you clearly have not because you would have spent more time finding information to discredit him, which is often the case when a doctor steps out of the norm from the medical profession, never once was I asked for money watching his videos so don't know where you get the money making grabbing thingo from I would not pay anyway. From his videos he reads many scientific papers and explains things and keeps saying throughout that you do not have to believe anything I say and to make up your own mind,
    I am done with you Greg, you are just out to attack me because I am trying to open people's eyes to other possiblities.
    I am, I repeat I am doing everything to protect others and my family from this virus, so stop accusing me of not knowing how dangerous this virus is.
    Greg
    5th Apr 2020
    2:45pm
    My God you are easily lead, ONE doctor says something and you're on board with him.

    Now listen and read thoroughly. I didn't say YOU aren't staying safe, I didn't say you paid money to him.

    You really must be a little slow - I'm talking about your attitude, there are tens of thousands of medical people around the world all agreeing on the problems with this virus, most agreeing on what needs to be done and along comes ONE "doctor" who thinks differently. He uses You Tube videos to get people in, to get his name out there, to put forward his strange thinking which convinces SOME people to believe him and they go to him for medical treatment, that's how he makes his money.

    He's a conman, yes he is a doctor but he's also a discredited doctor and his peers don't won't to know him. Instead of you listening to this ONE doctor have a look at official medical research and find out the facts.
    Incognito
    5th Apr 2020
    3:28pm
    I am reading more than one doctors opinion Greg, I am weighing up everything and making my own opinions of which you need not agree with, And please refrain from attacking me personally thank you.
    In fact this ONE doctor cites many medical research and papers that are posted, but you did not look at the videos before commenting anyway. And as I mentioned before he also says please do not take my word for it and read the research yourself which I did.
    Mum
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:18pm
    I am 72. I go for a walk each day in the park across the road. Can i sit on a bench, for a rest, and to look at the ducks?
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:49pm
    You need to clarify with whoever is making the rules, but it seems unreasonable if you cannot sit for a bit to catch your breath, I know my 83 year old mum needs a rest when she walks. Call your local MP.
    leek
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:54pm
    Mum- actually I don't think so, technically. I guy got fined $1,000 in NSW for sitting on a bench eating a kebab. he had been warned on 2 previous occassions before being fined. Also I think the government wants over 70's to stay inside as much as they can. So you have a double whammy against you.
    Greg
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:38pm
    Mum - I echo leek's comment, if you are in NSW they have been tough on it, unlikely to fine YOU, they would state what they think you should do and allow you to go home.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2020
    7:14pm
    I got a gentle reminder this morning for sitting alone on a bench with a coffee. It was not adversarial and I completely alone for some 10 metres all round. I was asked if I was just taking a rest.

    So I think from my experience, if you are exercising (walking) and you need a few minutes rest before continuing, that will be fine. You just can't sit there for a while counting ducks, watching waves or surfers etc!
    aussiecarer
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:45pm
    Roadblocks have been set up to prevent West Australians travelling between "zones". However many people normally travel between these regions on a regular basis for family reasons. My 85 year old mother and I happen to live in different zones. However I am her closest support person. Mum lives alone and has no drivers license. She gets no carer support or in house help from the government because she doesn't have dementia. The thing is she relies on me to do all sorts of odd jobs around her place like gardening, chopping firewood, lifting things that are too heavy etc. I normally visit her two to three times a week to help her out. In between my visits her friends from the church help her out. Now her church has had to close its doors so she ahs lost their support. And it's unclear as to whether I am even allowed to go and help out my mother because I aren't "paid"to do it. Because of the ambiguity of this law and the roadblocks between our regions, my brother has taken mum out to his farm. However he has 5 children and 8 people living at his place, not to mention itinerant workers. Mum is in much more danger of contracting the virus from one of these people than she would be living at home with my ongoing support and her close church friends help. This legislation claims to be "protecting" the elderly but what it is really doing is penalizing them and forcing them out of their own homes and away from their social and support networks. Around 12000 Australians die every month of something. This month 20 or those 12000 have died from a virus that found its way to Australia from overseas. Yes - ban overseas travel. yes quarantine those returning from overseas. But let the rest of us get on with our lives. Hundreds of thousands of elderly people may be "protected". But at what expense - they have lost their quality of life and Australia's economy has been decimated. Our grandchildren will still be paying back the debt associated with "protecting" us, long after we have taken our last breath.
    leek
    3rd Apr 2020
    4:59pm
    aussiecarer- you don't have to have dementia to get home care help. I am a home carer and most of the oldies I have help do house work and shoppping with, none of them have dementia. So no idea why you would think you can only get help if you have dementia. I hope your Mum will be okay at your brothers.
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:04pm
    You can apply for a permit to travel to see your mum.
    KSS
    3rd Apr 2020
    7:19pm
    As far as Federal law is concerned you can continue to provide care for someone who does not live with you. It is one of the legitimate reasons for being out of your own home. I understand that State law may differ.

    I suggest you contact your local police and ask for their advice. There may be a travel permit (as QLD has) that would allow you to continue to care for your Mother.
    ozrog
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:13pm
    Silly silly man now people will hold him to that time limit.
    Paddington
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:18pm
    It will likely be extended as the peak could be as late as September!
    Roy
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:38pm
    We need to take a deep breath, and realise the best thing so far is that we now have Border Control. Everyone coming into Australia is now quarantined for 14 days - so no new virus inputs. That's great and hindsight says it could have happened quicker, no matter its done now. All we have to do is resolve those cases we have already and self-isolate over the next 14-27 days and its under control... by the end of April, all being well, and no fresh outbreaks and we'll be able to resume work and school. Australia is an island country and we do not need to import/export and are fully self-sufficient... stop worrying and exercise full care and precautions - we are SAFE, good news!
    Incognito
    3rd Apr 2020
    5:44pm
    I hope you are right Roy and that things can start to get back to some normality at the end of April, I am sick of the noise from kids in the neigbourhood already and all the DIY going on, got hit with toxic fumes from some kind of varnish today, okay for them most likely using a mask but it came into my house!
    greenie
    4th Apr 2020
    1:05am
    Oh dear! Out come the nut cases and conspiracy theory believers.
    Paddington
    4th Apr 2020
    11:16am
    At this time in history we are not green or blue or red or any other colour. We are all Australian and need to support each other. This government is doing a good job and no one would want to be in charge at this point in time.
    We should only address a comment not a person as there is enough stress on people now.
    May kindness be the new way whilst we fight this terrifying time around the world.
    Incognito
    4th Apr 2020
    3:22pm
    Well said and thank you.
    Tanker
    4th Apr 2020
    6:09pm
    Unbelievable comments posted here. Conspiracy theory, blatant disregard for the threat this nasty virus poses as well as accepting social media posts as "gospel". One can only despair about the inability of some to accept the facts and while the laws, in normal times, would be acceptable these are not normal times.
    We are a community and need to act as such by supporting each other through this very difficult time. Look at overseas and hope it doesn't happen here.
    Paddington
    5th Apr 2020
    7:24pm
    Yes, agree with all that!
    Brissiegirl
    4th Apr 2020
    9:56pm
    I'm following all the rules, but will never accept current government advice not to wear a mask in public. If a mask stops droplets from spreading into the atmosphere, it goes some way to preventing droplets getting into my nose and mouth. I think it 's irresponsible, and scientifically highly questionable, to direct people not to wear them, particularly when there's alternative professional opinions to the contrary. As well, masks do prevent the spread of this virus from persons unaware of their infection. Out on my walk this morning, two idiot joggers spluttered past, ignoring the 2m social distancing directive. It's well understood how showers of droplets remain in the air for some time, for several metres. The Chief Medical Officer would do well to stop rabbiting on about not wearing a mask, and tell joggers to keep their distance - or better still - ban joggers from being anywhere near walkers.
    Incognito
    5th Apr 2020
    3:30pm
    An article for those interested in reading, please ignore if you only want to attack me.

    https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-studies-reveal-how-social-distancing-ie-social-isolation-can-increase-mortalit?
    Maggie
    7th Apr 2020
    12:57pm
    Musicveg, not so incognito, here you go again!
    Sadly there are too many people who are prepared to believe anything they read.
    As has been pointed out this Dr Buttar has no credibility.
    To question the decisions made by the majority of doctors and virologists at a time like this, to introduce the possibility of people changing behaviour which could end up with them losing their lives is a terrible responsibility.
    It's clear that virologists are learning as they go along but they are our best hope.
    Of course it's inconvenient - for all of us but most of all for the families who have lost their loved ones.
    Blossom
    5th Apr 2020
    6:08pm
    SA Police are visiting people that they have on official lists to make sure rhey are home. If they aren't home they check again. The person has to provide proof if they have been to a medical appt. or they are fined
    Greg
    6th Apr 2020
    4:49pm
    Yes Blossom, it's happening around the country with numerous fines issued in NSW and Vic already that I know of.


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