Police will be targeting social distancing violations and alcohol-related violence across the next month as pubs and clubs reopen for limited numbers of patrons.
On Monday NSW Police announced Operation Pariac, which is conducted every year, would be expanded and operating through June.
Central West Police District Inspector Peter Atkins said while historically it was just a focus on alcohol-related violence, with the loosening of coronavirus restrictions from June 1 police would also be out and about watching for potential breaches of social distancing laws.
Restaurants, pubs and clubs can now host up to 50 people at a time - or one person per four square metres, whichever is smaller.
However, Inspector Atkins said police in and around Orange were still issuing warnings and visiting businesses, while fines can still be handed out for egregious breaches of the laws.
"Most people have been following directives around social distancing," he said.
Operation Pariac Commander Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said as restrictions continue to ease, venues and patrons need to be aware of their responsibilities to maintain a COVID-safe environment.
He said people travelling to regional areas also needed to be aware the laws still applied.
"From today, the movement of people across the state will start to increase dramatically, as thousands of people head to regional communities to inject much needed tourism dollars," he said.
"Police will be conducting random checks and patrols of licensed venues throughout our regions, with the ability for resources to be shared amongst police districts where the demand is needed - particularly across the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
"Operation Pariac ... will see officers working closely with industry and business owners to ensure they are able to operate safe environments for their customers, while making the public feel confident about returning to a COVID-safe venue."
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