VISITORS to the Bathurst 500 are being urged not to be complacent when it comes to Covid safety on The Mount.
Inspector David Abercrombie, officer in charge of Bathurst Police Station said police are expecting plenty of visitors to town this weekend, but said with that comes significant responsibility.
"We're looking forward for the opportunity of people getting back up there and camping on the mountain as opposed to what we had in October last year, but with that comes some responsibility from all those involved, especially the visitors coming to town," he said.
Inspector Abercrombie said police would be on hand to ensure race goers are adhering to all the messages not only from NSW Health, but also from NSW Police.
While unable to confirm numbers, Inspector Abercrombie said they are expected to be in the thousands.
"I haven't got final numbers from Supercars at this stage but we are expecting a few thousand people coming into town each day; part of those will be camping, part of those coming in each day.
"There are systems in place to get everyone's details for contract tracing if the need arises, and there will be plenty of extra numbers in terms of police resources up there as well," he said.
Inspector Abercrombie said people can expect to see police recruitments as you'd normally see in October.
"The State Planning Unit from Sydney are assisting in running the event for us this weekend so we have lots of extra police, who are working from Thursday right through to Monday.
Inspector Abercrombie said the races in October last year were a good test for police to check how the venue safe technology worked for Supercars and how the policing response was going to look.
He said regarding the police response it was not only about policing the mountain for anti-social behavior but also policing The Mount in regards to everyone's responsibility with Covid safe practices.
He said Bathurst Police had rostered on lots of police for the weekend with a major focus on hospitality venues to ensure they are compliant and to ensure that patrons themselves are behaving themselves as well.
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"We also got a lot of extra police on the road as well with traffic and highway patrol command monitoring traffic coming in and leaving the city," he said.
He said the biggest concern will be apathy regarding Covid safe behaviours.
"In terms of policing response, with so many police up there the chance of anti-social or drunken behaviour ruining the event is going to be zero. There's just the concern people will be little bit apathetic in relation to their responsibilities around Covid."
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