Police from the Central North Police District have begun handing out infringement notices and fines to local residents not adhering to social distancing regulations.
Cobar Police Sergeant Chris Power said a driver and his passenger were issued with penalty infringement notices for not complying with noticed direction RE S7/8/9 COVID-19 at 4.15pm on Easter Monday.
Police had stopped a vehicle on Lerida Rd around 1km south of the Airport Road for the purposes of a random breath test.
Neither the driver or passenger were able to provide a reasonable excuse for their trip and were deemed to be travelling for non essential purposes during COVID 19 restrictions. Police inspected the vehicle and issued a defect notice for excessive noise.
On Monday April 6, police issued RE S7/8/9 COVID19 penalty infringement notices to eight people following a report of a noise complaint.
Police responded to the noise complaint in the vicinity of the airport at approximately 11.20pm where they located four vehicles and a gathering of nine people (which included a child under 10).
Police deemed they did not have a reasonable excuse to be there during COVID-19 travel restrictions and issued eight penalty infringement notices for not comply with directions.
Reasonable excuses to travel are: shopping for essential food, travelling to work or school or to exercise, obtaining medical supplies, caring for an elderly person; attending a wedding or funeral or to move house.