OBERON Police have warned the "small minority of people" flouting COVID-19 restrictions that they are putting others at risk.
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But they have thanked the "overwhelming majority" of locals who are complying with restrictions.
"Police have been very active in engaging the community, particularly business owners and local residents, and it's very satisfying to see that measures have been put in place to assist in stopping the spread of the virus," a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said local police are very aware of the difficulties already faced "in this time of drought and financial hardship", but said if everyone can limit their risk of exposure, "we have the best chance of getting through this situation safely".
"There is a small minority of people who continue to flout the restrictions and that behaviour puts others at risk," the spokesperson said.
"Police are limited by legislation at the moment as to what action can be taken regarding people travelling to the area without a valid reason and if further legislation is put in place to restrict movement, those restrictions will be enforced.
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"Please stay home unless absolutely necessary to obtain supplies, medication, attend medical appointments or to attend to animals or go to work."
The spokesperson said, if required, local police will enforce the restrictions and anyone found to be deliberately breaching a ministerial direction could be subjected to heavy penalties.
"Those penalties include fines of $1000 for individuals or $5000 for businesses or organisations," the spokesperson said.
"Court attendance notices may also be issued which carry a maximum penalty of $11,000 and/or jail time."
The spokesperson said police "want to reassure our communities that a heavy-handed approach will not be used to enforce compliance on a local level and consultation will be provided to ensure information is understood".
"However, if people wish to step outside the guidelines and restrictions, police will act to ensure the safety of others," the spokesperson said. "Police are happy to assist with information and can be contacted at Oberon Police Station on 6336 1000."
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