Police have fined a man who refused to wear a mask and told them COVID-19 was a hoax.
About 7am on Friday, January 8, 2021, officers attached to North/Central Police Transport Command were patrolling Central Railway Station when they stopped and spoke to a 55-year-old man who was not wearing a mask.
The man told officers he believed COVID-19 was a hoax and refused to put on a mask or leave the location.
He was arrested and taken to Sydney City Police Station where he was charged with not wear a fitted face-covering public transport waiting area.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, February 3 2021.
At about 5.30pm on Sunday, January 10, 2021, officers from Campbelltown Police Transport Command PTC were patrolling Campbelltown Railway Station and spoke to the same man, aged 55, who was not wearing a mask, again claiming COVID-19 was a hoax.
He was arrested and charged with not wearing a fitted face-covering in public transport/taxi and bail breach.
Police have issued Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for breaches of the Public Health Act to four more Western Sydney residents.
About 1:45pm on Friday (January 8 2021), officers from the Police Transport Command were patrolling Campbelltown Railway Station when they saw two men, aged 28 and 65 not wearing masks.
When officers requested the younger man put on a mask, he became argumentative and claimed the public health order was a human rights violation. When police directed the older man to wear a mask, the man became aggressive towards the officers and refused to comply.
Both were issued a $200 PIN.
About 7:15pm on Friday, officers from Fairfield City Police Area Command arrested a 16-year-old boy over an alleged assault at a Wetherill Park shopping centre on Tuesday (January 5 2021).
Inquiries revealed, the teen was not wearing a mask at the time of the alleged offence and he was charged with affray and assault offences and not comply with noticed direction re s7/8/9 - COVID-19.
About 5.30pm on Sunday, officers from Campbelltown Police Transport Command PTC were patrolling Campbelltown Railway Station and spoke to a teenager who was not wearing a mask.
The teen was issued a $200 PIN and an infringement for fare evasion.