Police urge community compliance with Public Health Orders as COVID case numbers increase

High-visibility police operations are continuing across NSW to ensure compliance with current restrictions under the Public Health Act.

State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys, said the geography of the police operation would expand in line with the spread of cases across Sydney.

“By the accounts of police on the ground yesterday, there were high levels of compliance across Sydney’s south-west, which is promising for reducing the risk of contracting COVID in those areas,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

“As we have seen an increase of cases in other areas, including Sutherland and Hurstville, we will be allocating resources to ensure compliance in those areas and surrounds.”

Further to the deployment across Sydney’s south-west, additional proactive operations were conducted across the Greater Sydney area.

Part of police operations in Sydney CBD includes conducting guest compliance checks at hotels and last night, six guests at a hotel on Kent Street were found to be in breach of the current public health orders. Checks revealed one woman – aged 26 – was wanted on an outstanding warrant and charged to appear in court today (Saturday 10 July 2021).

“Disappointingly, we did see some concerning incidents of people flouting the rules – including a gathering at a home at Randwick and a birthday party at The Entrance.

“This type of behaviour is nothing short of disrespectful – we’ve already seen how easily the virus spread following the unlawful party at Waterloo.”

About 1.20pm yesterday (Friday 9 July 2021), officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended a home on Arthur Street, Randwick, after being told of a potential gathering.

Police spoke with two men outside the property, one of whom said he was delivering a package, but did not have a package.

A total of eight men – aged between 31 and 50 – were located around the home, including one man hiding behind a shower curtain in the bathroom.

Inquiries revealed three men were residents, while the other five resided in Sydney’s south west. As all were breaching current Public Health Orders, all eight were issued $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs), with the five non-residents sent home.

About 9.40pm yesterday, officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District responded to reports of a house party on Norberta Avenue, The Entrance.

On arrival, police spoke with six people – aged between 17 and 22 – who were drinking and celebrating an 18th birthday, which was in breach of the Public Health Orders.

The 17-year-old girl was issued a warning under the Young Offenders Act, while the other five people were issued $1000 PINs.

In total, 167 PINs were issued yesterday, with 76 of those $200 infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.

A further ten people were charged with failing to comply with Public Health Orders. All of those charges were associated with other criminal offences.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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