Barnaby Joyce fined for not wearing mask

Less than a week after being sworn in as deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has had a run in with the law – after he was nabbed not wearing a face mask.

The Nationals leader was dobbed in to Crime Stoppers by a member of the public in his home town of Armidale on Monday morning, after he was spotted without a face mask while paying for petrol after filling up at the bowser.

Police say they checked the service station’s CCTV and issued a $200 fine to a 54-year-old man for breaching an order under the NSW Public Health Act.

State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said it was just one of 54 breaches of NSW public health orders on Monday.

“Police were alerted to that. They took some action . That person was apologetic and co-operative with police and an infringement notice was issued,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

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