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Breastfeeding mum approached by cops during social distancing crackdown

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Officers are again patrolling beaches and parks across Sydney and sending people sitting in public home.

A young mother breastfeeding her child, tradies eating their lunch and a man reading a newspaper alone have all been approached by police enforcing social distancing rules.

Officers are again patrolling beaches and parks across Sydney and sending people sitting in public home.

Today at Coogee Beach, in the city's east, patrol cars drove down the promenade while a police helicopter circled overhead.

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A young mother breastfeeding is spoken to by police.Tradies eating their lunch at Coogee are told to move on.

Officers also walked up and down the beach and through the park, speaking to people strolling, exercising and on their bicycles.

One spoke to two young mums sitting in their activewear with their prams and holding their babies – one of whom was breastfeeding.

Earlier today, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said officers would "show discretion" while policing tough new lockdown laws.

He acknowledged there would be many "what-if" situations, as people try to understand changing rules that are not always clear.

"Police have been enforcing these laws and I know ... there has been criticism of police, which I don't accept. I accept the criticism of my leadership," Comm. Fuller said.

He said changes to the Australian lifestyle would be "challenging" for everyone.

A woman on a walk seems confused.A man reading alone under a tree is spoken to.A couple having coffee are spoken to by police.

Why can you leave your house in NSW?

1. Obtaining food or other goods or services for the personal needs of the household or other household purposes (including for pets) and for vulnerable persons

2. Travelling for the purposes of work if the person cannot work from the person's place of residence

3. Travelling for the purposes of attending childcare (including picking up or dropping another person at childcare)

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4. Travelling for the purposes of facilitating attendance at a school or other educational institution if the person attending the school or institution cannot learn from the person's place of residence

5. Exercising

6. Obtaining medical care or supplies or health supplies or fulfilling carer's responsibilities

7. Attending a wedding or a funeral in the circumstances referred to in clause 6(2)(d) and (e) or 7(1)(h)

8. Moving to a new place of residence (including a business moving to new premises or between different places of residence of the person or inspecting a potential new place of residence

9. Providing care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or providing emergency assistance

10. Donating blood

11. Undertaking any legal obligations

12. Accessing public services (whether provided by Government, a private provider or a non-Government organisation), including: (a) social services, and (b) employment services, and (c) domestic violence services, and (d) mental health services, and (e) services provided to victims (including as victims of crime)

13. For children who do not live in the same household as their parents or siblings or one of their parents or siblings—continuing existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children or siblings

14. For a person who is a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order— going to the person's place of worship or providing pastoral care to another person

15. Avoiding injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm

16. For emergencies or compassionate reasons

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Source: 9News

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