NSW Police to reinforce mask compliance and investigate exemptions

NSW Police will continue to reinforce the importance of complying with the requirements of the Public Health Order, with a focus on abiding by mask wearing rules.

Rules for wearing fitted face coverings include:

  • You must wear a face mask at indoor non-residential premises in NSW
  • You must wear a face mask when using public transport
  • You must wear a face mask in a major recreation facility
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times if you are in the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
  • You must wear a face mask if you go outside in a public area in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta local government areas.
  • You must wear a face mask when travelling in a vehicle with a person you do not live with (e.g. for authorised work purposes).
  • You must wear a face mask in Greater Sydney residential building common areas.

Deputy Commissioner Metropolitan Field Operations, Malcolm Lanyon, explained that there have been various iterations of the public health orders and commended the community for being adaptable to the changes to requirements.

“The mask wearing requirements have evolved over time to match the changing settings as the Government has responded to the escalating COVID-19 Delta variant case numbers,” Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said.

“Clearly the rules now state that people need to abide by the mask wearing requirements of the Public Health Orders unless they have an exemption. That exemption can be in the form of either a medical certificate or people are able to carry a statutory declaration.”

If police ask to see the exemption people are required to present that documentation, and we will investigate all exemptions.

“Make no mistake, police are investigators by trade. If we have any reasonable doubt that a document may be false, we can and will investigate these matters thoroughly to bring people before the courts,” he said.

Anyone found guilty of making a false declaration under The Oaths Act, 1900 risks being found guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for 5 years.

Further advice about the Public Health Orders can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers here.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.