A man has copped a $1000 fine for breaching social distancing laws after he was spotted eating a kebab in public. 

The 21-year-old, who was warned twice that same day, was cautioned by Newcastle Police officers yesterday and later charged after he was spotted for a third time, sitting at a bench eating a kebab.

Over the past 24 hours, NSW Police has issued 13 Penalty Infringement Notices to people reportedly failing to abide by the Public Health Act.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has reminded people to evaluate whether they have a valid reason to leave their home.

“Sun baking in the park is not one of them. Going down in big groups to the beach is not one of them,” he said.

“You can leave the house if you need to work. If you need to go to the doctors or the chemist for any health outcome you can leave. If you need to go get food you can leave. If you need fuel for the car, you can leave. If there is something to do with child minding, you can leave,” he said.

Approximately 17,000 police are on the ground ready to hand out on the spot fines.

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(Source: 9News)

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