Sydneysiders who flout new mandatory mask rules from Monday risk a $200 fine as the rule becomes enforceable.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard has asked police to exercise discretion in handing out fines to those who ignore the new rules.
Masks are now mandatory in shopping centres, on public transport, in places of worship, hair and beauty premises, entertainment venues such as cinemas and other indoor venues like post offices and banks.
All hospitality staff are also required to wear one.
Mandatory masks have been introduced as a suburban bottle shop causes a headache for authorities trying to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Tens of thousands of people have been affected by the listing of a suburban bottle shop as an exposure site over the Christmas period.
BWS in Berala, in the city’s west, was an exposure site for up to nine hours a day every day between December 22 and New Year’s Eve, skipping only Christmas Day.
Most who dropped by the bottle-shop across the Christmas period are now considered close contacts and need to isolate for 14 days even if they only attended the outlet for a short time.
More than 1000 people who attended on Christmas Eve alone.
A cluster in Berala is up to 13 cases, with genetic sequencing revealing the source is a patient transfer worker who took a family of returned overseas travellers to a health facility.
The worker became infected and passed the virus to a colleague, who attended the Berala bottle shop for a “very fleeting amount of time” on December 20.
The NSW government has set a target of 20,000 or 30,000 tests a day while it tackles the outbreaks.