'Arrogant behaviour of some patrons': Oberon Police warning on COVID rules

PATRONS at local licensed premises who are refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions and placing "undue stress" on staff have been warned by Oberon Police.

Police say fines will be issued "if the behaviour continues".

An Oberon Police spokesperson has issued a reminder that restrictions remain in place to try to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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"During the past months, local residents and business owners have done a great job in ensuring the restrictions are complied with, which police believe is the main reason for the Oberon area not having any reported cases to date," the spokesperson said.

"Police are still conducting compliance checks on businesses, particularly licensed premises and cafes, to ensure social distancing and the number of patrons is complied with."

The spokesperson said there had been several reports from staff in licensed premises "where patrons have refused to comply with the requirements to use hand cleaner and to complete the register of attendance".

"This places undue stress on the staff due to the arrogant behaviour of some patrons and fines will be issued if the behaviour continues," the spokesperson said.

"Police encourage everyone to do the right thing by the staff and business owners who are just trying to ensure our town and villages remain COVID free."

In a separate matter, Oberon Police inquiries are continuing into a home invasion that is alleged to have occurred at about 1.30am last Friday, July 10.

Police say a group of men forced entry to a residence in Oberon Street and a male occupant was assaulted and some property was stolen from him.

"The male was able to run from the house and was chased by the males, but he managed to get away," the Oberon Police spokesperson said.

"The male occupant contacted a female friend, who attended his location, but the male and his friend were then chased in their vehicle by the males around several streets in Oberon.

"The victims eventually went to the police station and were assisted by police.

"Crime scene police and detectives attended and the scene was thoroughly examined."

The Oberon Police spokesperson said the male occupant was treated by ambulance staff for facial injuries.

"Police inquiries are continuing," the spokesperson said.