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South East Officers to target unnecessary travel

South Coast Police District advise:

TRAVEL TO REGIONAL TOWNS – SOUTH COAST POLICE DISTRICT “As Easter and the school holidays approach, we understand families want to travel to celebrate or holiday. Unfortunately this cannot occur in line with the current health directions”, Commander of the South Coast Police District, Superintendent Greg Moore said. The NSW Premier and the NSW Health Minister have outlined orders under the Public Health Act that state a person must not leave their home without a reasonable excuse. “Shopping for food, travelling to/from work/educational institution(when the person cannot work/learn from home), "attending to medical needs(or carers responsibilities), "brief exercise in your own neighbourhood (2 people only or family unit), "attending a wedding/funeral "or moving house are all reasonable excuses. "Recreational travel is not a reasonable excuse,” Mr Moore said. "Travel and holidays are not essential at this time. Holidays are not on that list of exemptions." "These measures are in place for good reason and we must adhere to them to protect our smaller communities too. An influx of visitors could put their health systems under pressure, whilst potentially transferring the COVID-19 virus from one part of the state to another." Mr Moore said "Police attached to the South Coast Police District will be out in force, patrolling roads and conducting high visibility policing operations. Along with traffic law enforcement, these officers will be targeting unnecessary travel. "Persons detected travelling without a reasonable excuse will be directed to return to their home address. "If there is an identified breach, Police can issue a Penalty Infringement Notice. This on-the-spot fine is $1,000 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses. The safest thing you can do right now for yourself and the wider community is to STAY AT HOME. Superintendent Moore would like to wish everyone and their families a happy and safe Easter.

USEFUL LINKS: - People can now report non-compliance with public health orders through CrimeStoppers, including businesses and accommodation providers. The community is encouraged to use this service responsibly, and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 You can also report instances online at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au For all other advice, including the latest public health orders announced by the federal government, visit the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au

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