Police say people were willing to “dob” in others not following COVID-19 restrictions after a man and woman were fined for leaving Sydney to visit a pony club in the Hunter Valley after a tip-off.
- NSW Police issued seven $1,000 fines for leaving the lockdown area
- A further eight people were fined $200 each for failing to wear a mask
- Lockdown is in place until July 9
Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong are now on day one of a COVID-19 lockdown, which will be in place for two weeks in response to a growing virus outbreak.
NSW today recorded 30 new COVID-19 infections with the Bondi cluster now standing at 110 cases.
Overnight 15 fines for travellers and those refusing to wear masks properly were issued, totalling $8,600 in fines.
A 56-year-old man from Paddington and a 22-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl from Maroubra were stopped in the Hunter Valley yesterday, after attending a horse-riding club in Denman.
The family were stopped following a CrimeStoppers tip-off by a member of the public about three people from Sydney who were at the event.
The man and woman were each fined $1,000 for travelling outside of Sydney and issued with a $200 infringement for failing to wear a mask.
The girl was issued a warning.
NSW Police Commissioner Gary Worboys called the family’s actions “irresponsible”, noting that the public would not put up with rule-breakers.
“What is also noticeable over the last 24 hours is that people in those communities are quite willing to dob in those people who have turned up when they should not have,” he said.
“CrimeStoppers has already been used to alert police to make inquiries in relation to people who should not be in their community.”
Popular school holiday destinations will also be on the police radar to deter families hoping to sneak through.
“No matter how many people think that they have to attend some of these events with their children or need to go on holidays, public health orders are clear,” Commissioner Worboys said.
“Traffic and highway patrol police, police area commands are abundantly aware of where people gather at these times of year leading up to school holidays and they will be using the mobile technology to run a check on people, their vehicles and see where inquiries need to be made in those caravan parks.”
Regional NSW is currently facing less strict COVID-19 health rules, including a visitor limit of five people, compulsory mask-wearing indoors and outdoors when not at home, and 50 per cent capacity for ticketed events.