• Sat. Oct 29th, 2022

An owner and an employee of The Organic Store in Bowral were arrested for the second time on Saturday over defiance against public health orders.

Jul 3, 2021

The Organic Store posted footage to Instagram of the Thursday incident, showing one of the owners being arrested and forcibly put in the back of a police vehicle.
In the video caption, the store wrote that police forcibly arrested the owners without due cause, but admitted the shop takes a stand against the mandatory mask mandates, claiming masks are unhygienic and in an open food store, (organic store) it isnt safe.
According to the post, the owners argued with officers for more than an hour and, when a customer began filming the exchange, police moved to physically eject her from the store.
The owners have also been discouraging vaccines, with a sign outside the shop stating: to protect our customers and each other, if you have had any vaccine in the last 10 to 14 days please do not enter.
On Thursday, the third woman the employee was issued with a notice to attend court for her failure to wear a mask and to provide a name and address. On Saturday, she was again charged for not wearing a mask.
All three people will face court in August for the alleged breaches.
The owner of The Organic Store, Bowral and a customer were arrested after an incident with police. Credit:Rhett Wyman
On Saturday, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard criticised people for undermining the states pandemic response with ill-informed views.
Most of the community understand the weapons we have in this war: QR codes, getting tested if youve been at a venue of concern or if you have symptoms wearing masks, he said.
When youre in a war, you dont win it with wacko views … Unfortunately, were seeing that with some people, who think its OK not to wear masks.
In other COVID-19 infringements across the state, seven people on the Central Coast have each been slapped with $1000 fines for breaching public health orders by allegedly gathering at an industrial estate to do burnouts.
NSW Police said the seven people at Tuggerah Lakes were issued with infringement notices for being away from their homes without a reasonable excuse after police were alerted to a gathering in an industrial estate.
A group of people decided they would go to the industrial area and prepare their vehicles and the space around them for some sort of burnout activity, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said.
The notices issued to the five men and two women were among 78 handed out by police on Friday as the state government warned people against disobeying COVID-19 restrictions when the sun was out.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said peoples good work in holding back the spread of the virus could be ruined if people relaxed over a weekend with nice weather.
Weve done so well so far, lets not waste it because the sunshine is great, she said.
The states Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said outdoor areas were lower risk and people should not be tempted to have guests in the homes.
If you are cooped up and you have children, take them to a park, stay a distance from anyone else. Let them run around, she said.
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