New fines introduced for spitting on NSW frontline staff.
People who spit on NSW health workers, police or other public health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic could be slapped with a $5000 on-the-spot fine.
The tough new measure is in response to the “abhorrent” acts of some individuals in recent weeks, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Police Minister David Elliott say.
Mr Hazzard says doctors, nurses, police and paramedics put their own health and safety on the line to protect NSW residents and the government will be treating threats to them as a “threat to us”.
“How incredibly ridiculous is it that anybody can think it is acceptable to spit on or cough on frontline health workers, health officials, police or any of our border force officials,” he said on Thursday.
“We’re telling you, stop it or you’ll cop it.”
People risk being fined $5000 for breaching the new public health order, which was signed on Thursday.
Mr Elliott said people who intentionally spit or cough on police officers during the pandemic could also face prosecution and up to six months in prison.
NRL season planned to restart on May 28.
The Australian Rugby League Commission is planning to restart the NRL competition on May 28, with plans to complete the remaining 22 rounds of the regular season and finish in November.
Following landmark meetings with the NRL’s innovation committee on Thursday, the ARLC has approved plans to get the competition up and running almost 10 weeks after it was suspended.
It would make the NRL the first major sport in the world to recommence a competition during the coronavirus pandemic.
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State of Origin will also remain in a standard three-game format with one grand final in Sydney.