A quick thinking Sydney man has saved himself $11,000 dollars and possible jail time this morning.

Jake Sample was lying on the grass at Rushcutters Bay just after 10am, when he saw police approaching.

“I quickly started doing sit ups,” he told DBT. “The police just stood there watching me do about 30 sit ups before moving on.”

The police were there trying to enforce restrictions on public gatherings, making it illegal to leave home unless it’s for an essential purpose, like exercise.

“It’s the first exercise I’ve done in years,” Jake Sample told DBT. “When the police left I sparked up a reefer and just kept lying there.”

The NSW Police Commissioner says the restrictions will remain in place for at least another 90 days.