A greater police presence around licensed venues in Orange is on the cards after the city came out of lockdown last week.
With a relaxing of stay-at-home orders came the ability for restaurants and pubs to reopen their doors to customers once again.
Western Region Commander Brett Greentree said this would bring added risk of COVID spread and as a result, officers would be upping their visibility.
"It worries me with regards to masks. If you have a drink in your hand or are eating, you don't have a mask on, I get that. But as soon as you're finished with that, please do not sit around without your mask on and pretend you're dining," he said.
"What I have asked is our licensing police to step up our visibility within our licensed premises that are out of the stay-at-home orders. We are doing that, not to ruin your fun, but to allow fun further on down the track."
When asked how police presence will vary between LGAs across the region, he said that a key point would be the risk a particular town or city poses to the wider region in spreading the virus.
"We have the ability to move around and I will move police officers around as needed," he added.
"It is generally on risk and where the concerns are. Larger communities are certainly a worry because you have more people. We are not out of this and we still have a long way to go before this finishes."
Orange has once again recorded zero new COVID cases, although the Western region did see 21 recorded up to 8pm Saturday night.
Across the Western NSW LHD the new cases included 11 at Wellington, five at Bourke and five at Cowra.
Four of the cases are linked to known cases and 17 are under investigation.
In the Far West there were five cases all in Broken Hill as of 8pm Saturday.
One of those cases was a household contact and four were linked to a known case.
Mr Greentree said he hoped people continue to follow the rules, not only from a policing perspective, but from that as a Western NSW community member.
"The public health orders are there, we know they're tough, we all feel it and we all suffer, but we have to comply with them to stop the spread of this virus," he added.
"I ask people when you're out, keep a check on each other, keep a check on your mate. If they're doing the wrong things, stop them and get them to put their mask on."
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