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Australia NSW Police Commissioner defends officers after Sydney parks, beaches were raided

00:43  01 april  2020
00:43  01 april  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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The New South Wales police commissioner has defended his officers after they raided parks and beaches on Tuesday to enforce social distancing rules.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told Sky News on Wednesday “we understand that people can go out and exercise, but laying and sunbaking in the park is hardly being out and exercising”.

“I understand that people will criticize us for being overzealous, and I understand that tomorrow I’ll be criticized for under-policing it when there’s a photo of a group of people together,” he said.

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Officers were out in force at beaches and parks across Sydney on Tuesday to stop people flouting restrictions on gatherings of more than two Partying backpackers who breach new restrictions are in NSW Police 's sights. Police out in force issuing warnings in Sydney 's eastern and southern suburbs.

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“It will be an ongoing challenge for us.”

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People are currently allowed to be outside in groups of two, or more if they are from the same household.

Under new laws, anyone caught doing the wrong thing faces a fine of up to $11,000 or six months in prison.

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Gold Coast beaches closed in bid to stop spread of Covid-19 .
A number of beaches along the Gold Coast, including Surfers Paradise, are now closed in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the Easter weekend. The move comes days after hundreds of people were found congregating at the beaches despite social distancing guidelines. People caught sunbaking or sitting on the sand will face fines but exercise will be permitted. © 9News Gold Coast beaches now closed to prevent spread of Covid-19 ahead of Easter long weekend. The council has also closed more than 6000 seaside car parks to deter visitors ahead of the Easter weekend. Police officers will patrol the area.

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