Six tradies from Western Sydney who later tested positive for COVID in Orange have been fined and sent back to their homes.
On Tuesday, August 24, officers from Central West Police District escorted six men from Orange to a home at Leppington to continue their 14-day isolation period.
During the transport, officers stopped at a service station on Molong Road (7-Eleven) to re-fuel, a police spokeswoman said.
"Officers followed a COVID safe plan and at no time did the six men leave their vehicles," the statement added.
Police were later notified of a potential COVID-related exposure incident at the service station the day prior. Police were not in attendance at the time
Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, Western Region Commander NSW Police, also addressed this issue on Wednesday.
"What they have done is probably caused a small cluster of COVID to break out there in Orange, which health are managing and we are assisting that compliance process," he said.
All six were fined $1000.
Mr McKechnie said police are still handing out a lot of infringement notices.
"In Dubbo, 50 infringement notice were handed out to people not complying with the COVID orders last night (Tuesday).," he said.
"We also did about 170 compliance checks in Dubbo. We have a list of people who are currently self-isolating either suffering from COVID or close contacts.
"We are regularly visiting those people with ADF staff with wellbeing packs and all sorts of bits and pieces to help these people.
"If you're out and about without one of those good reasons, those proper reason then there's a fair chance you're going to get caught.
"Of course we need to be concerned about the breaches of the COVID orders and if anyone detects a breach or sees one, by all means, contact the police and let us know and we can deal with it."
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