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Riot squad move people on from Sydney beaches and parks

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Riot squad cars drove down the esplanade at Coogee Beach moving on young families, while at Rushcutters Bays park police cars drove across the grass and right up to a man sunbaking on his own.

Riot squad cars drove down the esplanade at Sydney's famous Coogee Beach as officers ordered people to go home.

Police were out in force as they moved people along from parks and beaches across NSW as strict new coronavirus social distancing laws came into force.

A young couple sitting outside with their two children were spoken to by a ranger, while those who had stopped during exercise were told to move on.

Riot police patrolling Coogee Beach today.

Sunbathers sitting on their own and adhering to the 1.5 metre social distancing rules were also told to leave.

In Rushcutters Bays park police cars drove across the grass and right up to a man sunbaking on his own, before he got up and left.

Today in NSW strict new social distancing restrictions were brought into place.

Any resident who leaves their home "without a reasonable excuse" faces six months in jail and an $11,000 fine.

Police speak to a father and two young kids at Ruschutters Bay park.

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)

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

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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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