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Sydney Residents Face $3,700 Fine Under New COVID-19 Lockdown Rules

Premier Gladys Berejiklian: "This is literally a war, and we've known we've been in a war for some time, but never to this extent."

Fines for violating COVID-19 lockdown rules in Sydney, Australia have been increased.

Police in the city, and the rest of New South Wales, can fine anyone breaching stay-at-home orders or for lying to contract-tracing officials up to $5,000 in Australian dollars (AUD) (about $3,700 in USD). Previously, the maximum fine for breaching quarantine orders was $1,000 AUD.

“We have to accept that this is the worst situation New South Wales has been in since day one. And it’s also regrettably, because of that, the worst situation Australia’s been in,” said Premier Gladys Berejiklian during a press conference. “We will get through this, but September and October are going to be very difficult.”

“This is literally a war, and we’ve known we’ve been in a war for some time, but never to this extent,” she said.

Over the previous 24 hours, locally transmitted infections hit a record high of 466. The highest transmission in one day was 390. The state government reported four deaths on Saturday. Officially, 42 people have died during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Reuters, “a new $3,000 [AUD] fine will apply to people entering rural areas without an official permit, while stay-at-home orders were introduced for seven days in regional areas not currently in lockdown. Weddings and funerals will get a day ‘grace period’ and will be allowed on Sunday, but schools across the state will close, officials said.”

Last month, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “vaccinated Australians would be able to avoid some lockdowns once the rate of inoculation in the country hit 70%. He said once that rate hits 80%, broad lockdowns in major cities would no longer be necessary,” per NPR.

About 26% of the nation’s population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated.

Compared to other developed countries, Australia’s COVID-19 numbers have stayed relatively low. The nation has so far reported 38,600 cases and 952 deaths.

Some violent clashes broke out between protesters and police as authorities attempted to quell the demonstrations to prevent any further COVID-19 outbreaks. Berejiklian said at the time that she was ‘disgusted’ by the anti-lockdown protests, adding that she hoped they wouldn’t be a ‘setback’ for the state as it attempts to prevent further outbreaks of the virus,” per The Hill.

It is now reported to be unlikely that the Sydney area’s nine-week lockdown will end on August 28th as previously scheduled.

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11 responses to “Sydney Residents Face $3,700 Fine Under New COVID-19 Lockdown Rules”

  1. Lilia0088 says:

    And here comes Comrade Jacinda, hot on the hooves of her comrades across the Tasman, in the race to see who can do government tyranny better.
    Full country lockdown after one. goddamn. case. 5 million people in house arrest for a case. Jesus wept.

  2. JoeSC says:

    It’s absolutely nuts what they’ll do in the name of less than 1,000 people. They’re locking down entire parts of countries and ruining even more lives than just those thousand and their families.

  3. IntegratedCrazy says:

    Shouldn’t have given up your guns.

  4. Deacon says:

    lol this isnt even the worst of it. here in melbourne our premier just reinstated a 9pm to 5am curfew because too many people gathered outside on a sunny sunday. and half of our population thinks its normal and perfectly fine. this country is fucked. cant wait to get out of this shithole

  5. Deacon says:

    government propaganda

  6. LVIII says:

    Did anyone else notice that these cops are not social distancing, nor wearing masks? (Yes, it may be a stock photo.)

  7. Skysurfer says:

    What difference will 70% or 80% vaccination make? The vaccines don’t prevent transmission or infection, and since symptoms are often suppressed initially in the vaccinated, you’d realistically have to test yourself daily to see if you had it in order to isolate from others. Targeted vaccination makes more sense for a particular demographic, but these wildly high percentage goals don’t make sense to me.

  8. Wolv256 says:

    Jokes on you, Australia’s, the US dollar is gonna be worthless soon with all the Bidenflation.

  9. Ven942 says:

    As a resident just out side of Sydney City, I can tell you that the media and government here are doing a fantastic job through the eyes of Karl Marx. The fear mongering and propaganda is at an all time high and I can safely say that if you dig a little Tim & Co, you will see that more people have died since the beginning of this year from taking the vaccines than have died from Covid itself.

    I know this is not representative of the rest of the world as Australia has kept Covid under wraps better than most places in the world, however, to the reaction from the government as a preventative measure for a virus that seems to kill mostly those with co-morbidities and with such little deaths has started to scare me more than the virus has ever.

    My parents are both European immigrants and my father in particular, he and his family in the 60’s, escaped Yugoslavia. I have heard the stories my whole life of what happened within that communist and socialist regime and the fact that what I am seeing now is starting to reflect what my family had experienced has me petrified.

  10. Dr._J says:

    “This is literally a war, and we’ve known we’ve been in a war for some time, but never to this extent.”

    What? We were reliably told that Australia had all but eliminated Winnie Xi Flu in November.

  11. UppityG says:

    How did the land of Ned Kelly, Albert “Hard” Jacka and Steve Irwin turn into such pussies?