Police urge community compliance with Public Health Orders to reduce spread of COVID-19

Sunday, 08 August 2021 02:33:19 PM

Police are calling for compliance with the Public Health Orders to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 after issuing more than 450 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for breaches in the past 24 hours.

High-visibility operations are continuing across NSW to target compliance with restrictions under the Public Health Act, including stay-at-home and self-isolation orders, wearing of face masks, and use of QR codes, as well as conducting proactive patrols and responding to reports to Crime Stoppers.

Police attended 1888 COVID-related jobs yesterday (Saturday 7 August 2021), with about 1100 of those being reports to Crime Stoppers.

In total, 454 PINs were issued yesterday, with 115 of those $500 infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.

Officers from Central Metropolitan Region issued 183 PINs, while officers in the South West and North West Metropolitan Regions issued 97 and 74 respectively.

Of note, the highest number of PINs were issued in Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, where 61 PINs were issued, including ten which were issued to attendees and residents at a party at Randwick.

Across Regional NSW, Northern Region officers issued 67 PINs, Southern Region officers issued 27, and Western Region issued six.

A further 33 people were charged with failing to comply with Public Health Orders. All of those charges were associated with other criminal offences.

Officers across NSW will continue to conduct high-visibility operations to support the community in ensuring compliance with the Public Health Orders.

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. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.