WA’s top cop says that while police will take a common sense approach to mask-wearing, they will apply the ‘Knucklehead rule’ if needed.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson made the comments on Monday during a press conference update alongside the Premier.
Seven police check points in the Perth and Peel regions and eight across the South West will be rolled out, complemented by random police patrols.
“Simply justify why you’re out and please have supporting evidence,” he said, such as a work letter or appointment confirmation.
While masks are now mandatory outside of the house, including inside office spaces and while exercising, he said police will take a common sense approach to those not wearing one, citing the ‘Knucklehead rule’.
“If you just don’t want to wear one, you will be fined,” he deadpanned.
Those who continue to defy wearing a mask or are belligerent about it will cop a $1000 fine minimum or get arrested.
Commission Dawson added that motorists don’t need to wear a mask if driving solo and children 12-years and under also don’t have to wear a mask.