Yesterday the NSW police caught up to 100 people gathered in a national park near Thredbo for an organised event with a DJ.
According to COVID-19 Police Operations Commander Assistant Commissioner Scott Whyte, anyone who attended the event will seek infringements in relation to violating coronavirus restrictions.
“Police identified the person and they were aware that they were subject to a Victorian border crossing direction. The person was unable to comply and subsequently was placed under arrest,” Mr Whyte said.
In the past 24 hours, NSW Police had also responded to call outs to two homes where more than 20 people had gathered, he said.
“This is a very serious situation and people need to act responsibly. We’ve seen evidence in the last 24 hours of people acting irresponsibly and those persons will be subject to fines and other police action.”
Individuals will be fined $1,000 for violating COVID 19 restrictions which could lead to prosecution and potentially incarceration following repeated violations.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott has released a warning for businesses to take the laws on coronavirus seriously.
“There are no three strikes when it comes to a pandemic.” Mr Elliot said, adding that hospitality venues would receive a $5000 fine “immediately” if they breached public health laws.
“If they do the wrong thing again they will be closed for one week, and if they do the wrong thing a third time they could be closed for up to a month,” Mr Elliott said.
NSW recorded 15 new cases of COVID 19 overnight, including eight connected to the Thai Rock restaurant cluster.