A MAN and woman have been charged with offences including assault after they allegedly refused to check in with a QR code when entering a restaurant at Forster.
About 7.15pm on Monday, June 28, the couple attended the Wharf Street restaurant and were asked by staff to sign in using the QR code.
They refused and were informed they would have to leave if they did not comply. It is alleged the man again refused and picked up a bottle of water and threw it against a wall, smashing it.
The man was escorted from the restaurant and it is further alleged the man punched the owner, a 39-year-old man.
The woman allegedly bit a 44-year-old man who was attempting to intervene, causing bleeding and bruising to his bicep.
The owner sustained facial injuries and a suspected broken nose and was taken to Manning Base Hospital.
The man and woman left the restaurant; however, officers from Manning/Great Lakes Police District arrested both a short time later, and took them to Forster Police Station.
The 34-year-old man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, intimidation and malicious damage.
The 27-year-old woman was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. They were granted conditional bail and are expected to appear in Forster Local Court on Wednesday 28 July 2021.
They were each issued $1000 PINs for fail to comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 - COVID-19.
In total, 34 PINs were issued on Monday, June 29 and of those 16 were $200 infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.
Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said now was a crucial time for NSW in containing the latest COVID outbreak and it was disappointing to see people continuing to breach the health orders.
"I would appeal to everyone to not only follow the rules but use your common sense and do your bit to help NSW beat this virus," Minister Elliott said.
In ALL other parts of NSW the following restrictions will apply until July 9:
People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.
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