Lockdown restrictions in NSW capped at 90 days

The NSW Police Commissioner has declared the Covid-19 restrictions in NSW will not last longer than three months.

The social distancing restrictions, which can result in people being fined up to $1000 for leaving the house for non-essential reasons, have been flouted by some in the community, especially in suburbs with high tourist numbers such as Bondi.

“As I keep saying, a good rule of thumb is that if you are questioning whether you should be doing something, it is best to give it a miss,” said NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.

“Treat every situation like you have the virus. Do that. Save lives.”

Fuller said he was reviewing all of the fines personally, but will not seek an extension after the 90-day period is up.

“People will have gotten the message by then, hopefully,” he said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian also said she hoped the government would not have to bring in tougher lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the community.

“If everybody does the right thing, I’m hoping we don’t have to go to anything further beyond this point,” she said.