A man who allegedly attempted to leave a lockdown zone and enter the Southern Highlands has been fined for breaching a Public Health Order for the second time.
NSW Police said a vehicle, occupied by a father and son from Wollongong LGA, was travelling west on Picton Road at Wilton when stopped by police.
The occupants stated they were travelling to Mittagong to stay with a relative for two weeks. Police said the father had visited a location in the Illawarra on the same day that a confirmed COVID-19 case had attended.
They said neither the father or son had packed any belongings for their two week stay in Mittagong.
Both were issued fines for breaching the 'Stay at Home' Public Health Order. The father was fined for breaching the order for a second time. The pair were escorted back to Wollongong and directed to return home.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing addresses regional policing measures for COVID-19. Story continues below.
In an address this morning, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said 300 infringement notices were issued across NSW yesterday, around half for not wearing a mask.
This comes after the NSW Police requested the assistance of the Australian Defence Force to conduct compliance checks across Sydney.
"A young man who knew he was COVID positive was out of the house, and he had gone to work on a building site in Sydney," Commissioner Fuller said.
"That sort of behaviour is exactly the reason why we need to have strong health orders that are backed by law enforcement and defence in terms of getting the highest levels of compliance that we can.
"If you are not home we will take action against you, whether that is criminal or a $1000 infringement, we will take action."
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