Update from Commissioner Mick Fuller

Update on investigation into actions of limousine driver

Yesterday I advised we had sent the case for urgent external legal advice due to the significance of this outbreak and the community concern.

I can now confirm we have received advice that there is insufficient evidence to establish that either the limousine driver or his employer breached any public health orders.

Message to the community

The Premier has now announced updated lockdown arrangements for Greater Sydney. She has made it clear – we are dealing with a very dangerous strain of the virus, and this outbreak may represent the biggest challenge the pandemic has thrown at us so far.

Police will be enforcing the new public health orders like we have throughout this pandemic. While officers will continue to adopt a fair approach and use discretion, the time for cautions is over.

In the last 24 hours we have issued another seven people with Penalty Infringement Notices for not wearing masks, which means we’ve now issued 14 since the new public health orders were put in place.

Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command are continuing to patrol roads on the outskirts of the Greater Sydney area and will be handing out tickets to those who aren’t meant to be there.

If you leave your home in the Greater Sydney area, you can also expect to see officers patrolling public places and public transport hubs. They are there to keep you safe.

I would like to appeal to the community to continue to work with police, not against us, as we enforce these rules.

My ideal situation would be no more PINs to announce tomorrow, because everyone had obeyed the orders and stayed at home.

Anyone with information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of COVID-19-related ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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