'Sorry' Grealish fined for breaking lockdown rules
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has apologised after breaking government lockdown guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old revealed he left his house to meet with a friend over the weekend despite being instructed with staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus."Hi everybody, I just want to do a quick video message just to say how deeply embarrassed I am by about what has happened this weekend," Grealish said in a video posted on his social media feeds.
© AAP Image Don Harwin NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin has been fined $1000 by police for breaching social distancing laws after visiting his Central Coast holiday home last month.
Police say they issued the fine after they were alerted to the fact the 55-year-old had relocated to a holiday home at Pearl Beach "in contravention of current Ministerial Direction under the Public Health Act".
"As part of inquiries, investigators from Central Metropolitan Region attended the Elizabeth Bay home unit and spoke with the man," a police statement said.
"Following further inquiries, the man was issued a $1000 PIN via email just before 9pm."
Cancellation insurance does not pay for fear of coronavirus
Cancellation insurance does not cover cancellation fees if vacationers cancel their trip due to fear of the new corona virus at their destination. The insured would have no cost protection in this case, explains the Federation of Insured in Hamburg. © Photo: Bodo Marks / dpa Like here at Hamburg Airport, tourists are informed in many places about correct behavior in relation to the new corona virus.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian defied calls to sack the Coalition frontbencher but on Thursday told him to return to his Sydney apartment - acknowledging the "perception is horrible".
"It's not just about sticking to the rules, it's about making sure there's a perception that everybody is sticking to the rules including members of Parliament," the Premier told reporters.
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A beach with a closed sign on Manly Beach in Sydney on March 22, 2020.
Members of the congregation look on at a service held in the yard of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, with seating observant of social distancing in Sydney on March 22. Churches across Sydney have opted to suspend services or hold them outdoors after further measures were introduced on Friday limiting the number of people inside a venue to one every four square meters in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Police officers fined $1,000 for hotel party
Two police officers have been fined for ignoring social distancing rules and partying at a hotel in the Sydney CBD on Saturday night. The officers were at a birthday party at the Meriton suites on Sussex Street.Police were alerted to the celebrations when they found a woman, apparently intoxicated, wandering down King Street with a man. © Google Maps Two NSW Police officers were fined for ignoring social distancing rules. The woman was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for treatment. She was released around 2am the following morning, NSW Police said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra on March 22. He announced the second federal stimulus package of $66 billion worth of measures for the coronavirus-hit economy.
An empty Bondi beach in Sydney after authorities banned people from gathering on it, on March 22.
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People are seen climbing through a fence after being asked to leave Bronte beach in Sydney on March 22.
Red tapes secure an empty Bondi beach after authorities banned people from gathering on it, on March 22.
An empty Bankwest Stadium, shuttered from fans due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, is pictured during the round 24 A-League football match between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on March 21.
NSW coronavirus infections continue to drop
Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 39 new coronavirus infections, taking the state's total to 2,773.The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her Government would make pre-school free in the state for the next six months.
An aerial image of a quiet Darling Harbour in Sydney on March 21.
Empty seats are seen at Marvel Stadium due to the coronavirus outbreak during the 2020 AFL Round 1 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers in Melbourne on March 21.
A general view of North Sydney Olympic Pool is seen in Sydney on March 20, 2020.
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A lone tourist poses for a photo in Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections.
A man crosses an empty street in the central business district of Sydney on March 20, as people begin to stay at home due to fears over the COVID-19.
A member of the orchestra of Opera Australia performs in Sydney on March 19. Musicians performed with their instruments to call on the company to reconsider its decision to stand down musicians without pay, and for the federal government to provide emergency financial support to the performing arts sector devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Whatever the case, it confirms that once the plague leaves us, it will not be business as usual for the league, any more than it will be for the other major sports. To hell with safetyAs to suddenly announcing the start of the whole NRL comp again at the end of May, that's easy. No. I tell you nothing you don't know in saying it is so totally against the government's diktats that it ... takes the breath away. But do consider that we are in a week where police are patrolling beaches, insisting the public stay home or face heavy fines.
Shoppers line the aisles at Costco Perth in Perth on March 19. The store, which is the first Costco in Western Australia, is limiting toilet paper purchases to one packet per customer, in response to panic buying across Australia as fears over the COVID-19 pandemic grow.
A few people stand at a traffic light in the middle of rush hour after thousands are sent to work from home, in Sydney on March 17.
Cancellation signs are seen at the Sydney Opera House as they announce the cancellation of all performances until the end of the month, in Sydney on March 17, 2020.
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A group of people wear face masks at Town Hall in Sydney on March 17, 2020.
A handful of people visit the Sydney Opera House in Sydney on March 17 as the Opera House announced the cancellation of all performances until the end of the month.
A staff member in protective medical clothing is seen at the Brisbane International Airport on March 16.
A woman waits at a pedestrian crossing wearing a face mask in the suburb of Chatswood in Sydney on March 6, 2020.
Overseas tourists cop fines for partying along Victoria's coast
Overseas tourists have been caught deliberately flouting Victoria's strict stay-at-home restrictions, partying at a rental property along the state's coast in Phillip Island.Victoria Police confirmed a number of international partygoers were fined over the Easter long weekend for ignoring the COVID-19 measures, where they were found to be breaching travel restrictions, as well as the gathering rule at a short-stay rental in Cowes.
She said she became aware of his change of residence a few days ago, despite Mr Harwin travelling back to Sydney for a medical consultation and parliamentary sitting on March 24.
But Ms Berejiklian was adamant Mr Harwin didn't break the rules because he relocated on March 13 before state COVID-19 regulations came into effect on March 17.
Not wanting to "cause a distraction," Mr Harwin confirmed he'd arrived back in Sydney in a statement on Thursday.
He apologised to the Premier and the NSW community but insisted he had sought official advice to adhere to the public health order.
NSW Labor is calling on Mr Harwin to resign or, failing that, for the Premier to step in and relieve him of his ministerial duties.
"He's been selfish and he should be brought to account," shadow arts minister Walt Secord told reporters.
Mr Harwin was also recently seen clothes shopping during one of two trips to Sydney.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said people are "dying when appropriate measures have either not been established or are ignored".
"No one individual or corporation is above these laws - anyone suspected of breaching the orders will be investigated and if a breach is detected, they will be dealt with in accordance with the Act," he said in a police statement.
It comes as the state government continues to urge the public against all non- essential travel to regional NSW towns, especially over the Easter long weekend.
State's fines for breaking social distancing rules under review
One of Victoria's most senior police officers has vowed to review all fines issued to people breaking social distancing rules. Deputy commissioner Shane Patton said he would reconsider offences handed out to Victorians who ignore the non-compliance directive to stay at home, ordered by the state's chief health officer. "If some of those aren't properly issued or pass the common sense test they will be withdrawn," Mr Patton said.It would be done to ensure people were being treated fairly, he added.
Officials across the world have been caught flouting self-isolation rules and reprimanded including Scotland's chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood and New Zealand Health Minister David Clark.
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Former RSL president Don Rowe fined $2,000 but avoids jail over credit card fraud .
Don Rowe, who was in February convicted of using his RSL credit card for personal expenses, is fined $2,000 but avoids jail.The 71-year-old Vietnam veteran was in February found guilty of two counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage.