Here’s what you need to know this morning.
NRL virus scare
Canterbury Bulldogs NRL forward Aiden Tolman is in isolation and 49 people have been tested after a staff member at Tolman’s child’s school became a confirmed case of coronavirus.
Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill told The Sunday Footy Show Tolman called “in a bit of a panic” following the infection at Laguna Street Public School in Caringbah.
Tolman returned a negative test result for the virus on Sunday afternoon, however was ruled out and will not play against the Roosters tonight.
Acting NRL chief Andrew Abdo said Tolman had been forced to enter a fortnight of isolation because of the “complicated situation”.
Greens staffer charged
A part-time worker in Greens MP David Shoebridge’s office has been charged after a statue of Captain Cook in Sydney’s Hyde Park was defaced at the weekend.
Two women, aged 27 and 28, were arrested on a nearby street and were allegedly found with a bag containing a number of spray cans.
“I understand that one of the two people charged regarding the incident involving the statue in Hyde Park has part-time employment with my office,” Mr Shoebridge said in a statement.
“They were not engaged in employment at the time of the incident which occurred well outside of work hours.”
Two police cars remained stationed at statues of historical figures overnight. Protesters worldwide have brought down monuments seen to be at odds with the Black Lives Matter movement.
$1m in coronavirus fines
Sydney’s Redfern Legal Centre says more than $1 million worth of fines were issued by NSW Police in just a one-month period during the height of the state’s coronavirus lockdown.
The centre obtained the figures for late March until early May under freedom of information laws.
The head of the centre’s police accountability practice, lawyer Samantha Lee, said while some of the fines were for spitting, most were $1,000 fines for alleged breaches of social-distancing rules.
“I was astounded at this figure, it is a huge amount in fines and it is such a hefty amount of fine in a time when people are going through dire financial and emotional consequences at the moment,” she said.
STC to remain closed
The Sydney Theatre Company says it is not economically viable to make a comeback to the stage, despite the State Government giving theatres the green light.
Theatres will be able to reopen from July 1, but seating in the audience will be restricted to just one person per 4 square metres.
Sydney Theatre executive director Patrick McIntyre said a show needed to sell around 85 per cent of tickets to “make the business work”.
Jury trials will resume in the NSW District Court today after a three-month coronavirus suspension that saw 160 criminal cases vacated.
During lockdown, the District Court has been hearing some matters with limited appearances and by virtual court while jury trials have been on hold.
Jury trials will start today in Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle, with strict social distancing.
In the NSW Supreme Court, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst said 14 jury trials were vacated due to COVID-19, but Supreme Court jury trials were set to restart at the end of the month.