Deniliquin Pastoral Times

COVID orders breached

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One Deniliquin business has been fined for breaching the NSW COVID-19 public health orders.

Police allege the business, which is only allowed to trade via takeaway, served an item to be consumed on site by a customer last week.

Murray River Police District officer in charge Jy Brown said the act was ‘‘contrary to conditions under the public health order’’, and resulted in the business being fined $1500.

Chief Inspector Brown said further to that, eight fines were issued in Deniliquin between Friday and Sunday.

‘‘As part of the state-wide Operation Stay At Home, local police were conducting preventati­ve focused proactive enforcemen­t patrols, as per directions from the police commission­er and the premier,’’ he said.

‘‘Between Friday and Sunday evening, police issued eight infringeme­nt notices for breaches of the public health order.

‘‘This related to not wearing a mask and congregati­ng outside in groups larger than two.’’

Operation Stay At Home started at 12.01am on Monday, August 16 and will be in place until lockdown is lifted.

It was introduced as a ‘‘significan­t boost’’ to public health order enforcemen­t efforts across the state.

The operation utilises resources from all police districts and commands under metropolit­an and regional NSW field operations, alongside officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, Dog and Mounted Unit, and a number of other specialist commands as required.

In addition, 800 Australian Defence Force troops will assist with compliance checks and patrols in greater Sydney.

Chief Insp Brown said while lockdown can be hard, he said ‘‘the sooner we comply with the rules and get vaccinated, the sooner things might improve’’.

‘‘In the meantime, we urge people to do the right thing.

‘‘In addition to the fines in Deniliquin at the weekend, our Murray River Police District colleagues in Albury had to deal with protesters at a number of different locations in Albury.

‘‘Police had to arrest five people and issued seven infringeme­nt notices, at $3000 per breach.

‘‘The message we want to send to people is that police will continue to enforce the public health order issued by New South Wales Health, in trying to reduce movement and to combat the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

‘‘That action will continue until the public health order is lifted, and we will be patrolling.

‘‘There is no excuse to be out contrary to the orders.’’

Chief Insp Brown said anyone who is confused about the rules is instructed to reach out to the relevant authoritie­s for clarificat­ion.

‘‘If you do find it confusing, you can call the Deniliquin Police Station on 5881 9299 for further advice.

‘‘There are also a number of other authoritie­s who can provide the informatio­n you need. You can go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19, or call the National Coronaviru­s Helpline, a 24 hour helpline, on 1800 020 080.

‘‘We understand it is an impost and hard on everyone, including police officers who must also abide by the rules, but I would ask all members of the public to abide by the public health order.’’

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