A shop owner and customer were arrested in the NSW Southern Highlands after refusing to wear masks, as police implore people across the state to follow. Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said the incident in Bowral highlights continued non-compliance with public health orders, including mandatory mask-wearing and travel, as Greater . He said the force issued 75 infringement notices and 12 .
It’s not on,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys told reporters on Friday.
“Right across NSW, we have seen police having to take action against people for breaching public health orders, whether that’s in some of the most rural and remote parts of the. We will continue to do that while those public health .
Police arrived at The Organic Store Bowral after receiving complaints that staff and. Recent spruik anti-mask and anti-vaccination messages, with some posts marked by Instagram as missing context or containing “false information”.
One Instagram post from August, please do not enter!! For hygiene reasons, no masks in store, please.”
Deputy Commissioner Worboys said the excuse provided was “simply that they had no belief in wearing masks”, nor “intention at all in complying with the order”.
It’s not on. Police took suitable action,” he said.
In a statement,said officers observed employees and customers not wearing masks inside the store and spoke with the manager. This 62-year-old woman stated she had no intention of complying with current orders.
Police said she was arrested after allegedly refusing to provide her details.
A 61-year-old female customer was also arrested after allegedly entering the store without a mask and refusing to put one on or leave the store when asked by police.
The employee intervened, demanding police leave, and both women were arrested,” the statement said.
As they escorted the women outside to a police vehicle, police said the officers were confronted by a 63-year-old man who allegedly yelled at officers before pulling down a sergeant’s mask. They went on to say the store “takes a stand against the mandatory mask mandates”. The footage was shared on the store’s Instagram page in a post claiming that the owners without due cause”.