Australia Fines, warnings issued over SA lockdown
The support on offer as Sydney Covid lockdown extends
Alongside the pandemic disaster payment and wage support for companies, the New South Wales government is providing business grants, tax relief and help for tenants. Businesses must apply for the cash via the Service NSW website and can expect the money in their accounts by the end of the month. They will be able to borrow from their bank to tide them over until then.Workers who lose hours can apply for up to $600 a week from Services Australia and can expect the money to hit their accounts within days.
More than 70 fines have been issued across South Australia for people breaching COVID-19 rules during the state's seven-day lockdown.
The measures were imposed on Tuesday in response to a cluster of coronavirus cases now standing at 16.
People can only leave their homes to offer critical care to others, for essential work, to shop for groceries, to seek medical help or to exercise.
Police have issued 73 fines and another 100 formal cautions.
Two businesses have also be cautioned for breaching the regulations.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said a number of arrests had been made but they involved offences, such as break-ins or assaults, unrelated to the lockdown provisions.
However, those people were also dealt with under the Emergency Management Act, because the nature of their activities meant they breached the lockdown rules.
"Committing crime is not one of the five reasons for leaving home," he said.
Unit block in Sydney's west in lockdown .
Overnight, a police van was seen parked outside the building in Blacktown and residents were stopped from leaving. READ MORE: Priority vaccine access for hundreds of Sydney supermarket workersBut it remains unclear whether the unit block is in full lockdown with more details expected later this morning.There are 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Blacktown.It comes days after Blacktown was listed as one of the five problematic LGAs where COVID-19 cases are growing, with all workers now banned from leaving the area unless they are deemed essential.