Australia’s deputy PM fined for not wearing mask

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been fined AU$200 ($151) for failing to wear a mask in a public indoor area in breach of COVID-19 public health orders.

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on June 23, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. (Getty/Kyodo)

Joyce, who just returned to the position of deputy prime minister last week after regaining leadership of the National Party, was spotted paying for fuel at a service station without wearing a mask in the New South Wales town of Armidale.

The state’s police confirmed Monday that a penalty had been issued to a 54-year old man who was found not wearing a mask in the store, following a tip provided by a member of the public on the national crime stoppers hotline.

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