Media Alert: Redfern Legal Centre sheds light on COVID-19 lockdown rules

Friday, 15 July 2021 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Redfern Legal Centre has released information on COVID-19 lockdown rules to help the community stay up-to-date with NSW’s rapidly changing public health laws.

The newly revised factsheet summarises COVID-19 lockdown rules for all residents in Greater Sydney, as well as specific rules for workers living in the City of Fairfield, announced on 14 July.

RLC’s factsheet was first published during the March 2020 lockdown, and was one of the centre’s most downloaded and shared resources.

Samantha Lee, police accountability solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre states: 

"The public is confused about the law and is desperate for clear and concise information. Redfern Legal Centre has produced this resource to help the community understand their rights and responsibilities during lockdown, and prevent people from being issued with a $1,000 fine – one of the largest monetary penalties that can be imposed on children as young as ten.

“We are concerned about the potentially unjust impact of these fines. COVID-19 fines are not means-tested, making them particularly onerous for people already experiencing financial vulnerability,” Ms Lee said.

Redfern Legal Centre is providing free legal advice to people in New South Wales that have been issued a COVID fine, or who just want to seek advice about the laws.

Download the RLC factsheet: www.rlc.org.au/covid-rules-greater-sydney

Samantha Lee, RLC Police Accountability Solicitor is available for comment. Contact Finn O’Keefe, RLC Communications Manager: 0424 548 019 | media@rlc.org.au