Police will visit wineries across the region to check social distancing rules are enforced at Orange Winter Fire Festival events this weekend.
Accommodation throughout the region is booked out with tourists from Sydney, Canberra and regional NSW expected to attend.
The festival has been cutback this year due to the pandemic and most events are already booked out.
Central West Police District Chief Inspector Dave Harvey said winery checks would be on the list of jobs for officers over the weekend as well as premises in the city.
"The police will be tasked to visit the wineries," he said.
Orange City councillor Kevin Duffy said police and festival organisers needed to ensure the Orange community was kept safe from risks of spreading the virus with the number of tourists expected in town.
They [tourists] are coming from the eastern suburbs [of Sydney] and that's a hotspot.Cr Kevin Duffy
Cr Duffy said he had been "inundated with phone calls and messages" from Orange residents concerned about the coronavirus risks posed by festival events.
He said the events needed to be checked to ensure social distancing and contact detail keeping rules were observed.
"They [tourists] are coming from the eastern suburbs [of Sydney] and that's a hotspot," he said.
"You want assurances the police will be checking on them.
"I'd be calling on the police and the venues to do the right thing."
Cr Duffy said festival organisers needed to ensure the venues followed the rules. "I'm not happy about Dracula looking after the blood bank. I think they should be checked," he said.
Orange360 general manager Caddie Marshall said they had sent an updated notice to festival venues to ensure they captured guest's contact details and maintained social distancing.
Ms Marshall said they had urged festival attendees and visitors to book ahead.
She said accommodation would be booked out this weekend.
"Since the announcement from the Premier [relaxing travel restrictions] we have had full occupancy across the district," she said.
Ms Marshall said every venue participating in the festival had been required to send Orange360 their COVID safety plan before they were approved.
She said while the large public festival events had been cancelled this year most of those that are still on would involve bonfire nights, dinners and wine tasting at wineries.
The Oriana Hotel in Orange is also providing individual fire pits for guests.
Ms Marshall said two events had been cancelled, the launch of the film Inferno, and the Fires in the Sky event at Dindima Wines.
She said she applauded event operators who were participating in the festival given the circumstances of the pandemic.
"It is really difficult," she said. "I would say 99 per cent of our operators are going above and beyond to make sure our community stays safe."
Ms Marshall said she was unsure how many visitors would be from Sydney but they were hoping to be able to later check postcodes.
"One of our largest catchments has been regional NSW," she said.
Coronavirus rules are in force across NSW at present.
Apart from taking contact details from all patrons hotels, clubs, restaurants, cafes are required to ensure they limit the number of people inside to only one person per every four square metres.
The wearing of masks is not mandatory in public.
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