Police conduct Public Health Order compliance checks across state in effort to stop spread of COVID-19

The NSW Police Force is continuing to conduct Public Health Order compliance checks state-wide in an ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of the community, with approximately 300 home visits being conducted in the past 24 hours alone.

On Tuesday 7 July 2020, the NSW government introduced requirements under a Public Health Order for those returning to NSW from Victoria to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

With a significant number of checks already undertaken and more planned as part of the ongoing operation, Operation Corona Virus Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke, said the aim of the checks was to protect the people of NSW.

“Over the past few months, we have seen the overwhelming success quarantine measures have had in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in NSW,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke said.

“In order to prevent a significant increase of cases in our state, we need to remain vigilant and ensure those returning from Victoria are self-isolating as required.

“Police will continue to do their part by enforcing all ministerial directions, but we are also appealing to people to remain patient and continue to work with us in the way they have so far throughout the pandemic.

“Our combined efforts are the best chance we have at stopping further spread,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke said.

Police are also conducting regular foot patrols of licensed venues to ensure compliance with ministerial directions, as well as regular licensing requirements.

With several venues currently under investigation, Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke issued a timely reminder to all businesses about their responsibilities.

“Let me be clear, we are taking all breaches of ministerial directions extremely seriously. Those who disregard the safety and health of the people of NSW will be held to account,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke said.

The maximum penalty for contravening a Public Health Order is a fine of up to $11,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

The standard penalty will be a fine by way of an on-the-spot Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) – $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses.

Information on current Public Health Orders can be found at www.health.nsw.gov.au

Anyone with information about potential breaches of ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers using the online reporting tool at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au Information is treated in strict confidence.

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