WARNINGS for those flouting Public Health Order's are now a thing of the past, with the city's top cop saying police will not hesitate to issue infringement notices to people breaking the rules.
The Public Health Orders, introduced earlier this year as part of the COVID-19 control include measures such as social distancing, limits on the amount of people in private homes, social gatherings, shops, pubs and clubs and quarantine measures, to name just a few.
When they were first introduced, police did initially issue warnings in some circumstances, but Supt O'Brien said that time has well and truly past.
Back in March, Supt O'Brien said it's not a case of three strikes and you're out.
" If you've been warned and continue to flout the rules, you'll be fined."
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On Monday, he said police have been more than lenient, and anyone found to be breaching the rules can expect to receive an infringement notice.
As a result of the current circumstances he said there will be increased police patrols in the community and random checks based on tip-offs to Crime Stoppers.
Supt O'Brien said the circumstances call for strong action - and police stand ready to respond.
He said the message was clear, and police will use their powers to ensure compliance.
Fortunately, for the most part, people in Bathurst have been compliant, but stressed they needed to continue to do the right thing.
"Follow the rules, they are there for everyone's safety."
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the approach towards individuals and businesses while enforcing new health orders had been "pragmatic and fair."