Police are reminding residents to follow all social isolation restrictions.
The Murray River Police District Commander, Superintendent Paul Smith has issued a statement in regards to Covid-19 in the region.
Supt Smith said police are committed to using all the powers available to them to enforce all COVID-19 related publich health orders to stop the spread of the virus.
"Police can now issue a Penalty Infringement Notice, or an on-the-spot fine, for the offence of not complying with a ministerial direction or a
public health order," he said.
"This on the spot fine is $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses."
Ministerial Directions Murray River police officers will be enforcing include:
- Self-isolation of diagnosed persons
- Self-isolation of incoming travellers
- Mass gatherings and social distancing rules
- Closure of social gathering places (pubs, clubs and restaurants)
NSW Police have also moved to ensure people could report non-compliance with public health orders through Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Last week, 'Operation Coronavirus' was launched state-wide to guide the response to the pandemic.
"We have highly specialised officers providing practical and logistical support to our 17,000 strong workforce as they respond to this crisis," Supt. Smith said.
Supt. Smith continued to reassure residents they were conducting patrols across the community.
"These patrols also form part of our ongoing work with retailers, to ensure calm and fairness at the checkouts.
"You as a community can assist in keeping our officers on the road by using existing reporting options for non-emergency calls for assistance."
Residents can call the Police Assistance Line on 131444, or visit the Community Portal https://portal.police.nsw.gov.au/.
Murray River Police continue to receive calls at their stations in relation to the NSW-Victorian border.
"At this time the border is not closed, and as we are all aware the border means little for us in our border communities who operate as one," Supt. Smith said.
"What I must stress is for the entire community to re-consider any NON-ESSENTIAL travel in and between our communities.
"We will continue to work with our Victoria Police colleagues on this and the COVID-19 response."
The full statement can be found below.