Man arrested over Sydney mask mandate

Luke Costin
·1-min read

A Sydney man has spent a night in a police cell after allegedly twice refusing to wear a face mask as required by NSW public health orders.

The 55-year-old claimed COVID-19 was a hoax and he refused to put on a mask when found without a face covering on Sunday afternoon at Campbelltown train station, police say.

Having given the same excuse on Friday when stopped at the Central railway station in the CBD, police again charged the man with not wearing a fitted face-covering but this time refused him bail.

He spent Sunday night in the cells ahead of a scheduled court appearance on Monday.

Police also issued a $200 fine to a 28-year-old man on Friday after he claimed the public health order requiring him to wear a mask was a human rights violation.

In other health order breaches, 11 people in Bondi were fined $1000 each after police stopped them trying to leave a packed property on Bondi Road about 3am on Sunday.

Officers had spotted 20 people on a balcony and about 10 inside before attendees began fleeing.

Fitted face coverings have been required in Greater Sydney in certain settings since January 3.

Those settings include shops, entertainment facilities, public transport and waiting areas, ride-share services and places of public worship.

Masks must fit securely around the face, and be designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.