At midnight last night, new restrictions on public gatherings came into effect. The new measures include a two-person limit on public gatherings, and the closure of playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms. Last night, at around 10.30pm, a public health order to enforce the new rules was published by the NSW Government, outlining punishments for failing to adhere to the restrictions.
Now, in addition to the $1000 fine for being in a gathering of more than two people (unless those people form part of your household), NSW residents can be fined $11,000 or receive a six-month jail term for leaving their homes "without reasonable excuse". Those reasonable excuses including obtaining food or other goods and services; travelling for work or education (if you can't do it at home); exercise; and medical or care-giving reasons. People are also able to have gatherings of more than two people in public if they are only with members of their own household, or if it is for work or education purposes. There's also leniency for weddings and funerals.
The new restrictions also state that holidaying in a regional area is not a reasonable excuse, and that the restriction doesn't apply to people who are homeless.