Police remind residents that going on holidays is not essential travel

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller.
NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller.

As the Easter long weekend and the school holidays approach, police are reminding the community that travelling for holidays is not considered 'essential' travel.

Everyone must stay home unless they are going to the supermarket and pharmacy, going to and from work if they cannot work from home, going to medical appointments, or leaving for some brief exercise in their own neighbourhood.

NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller is reminding the community that while these reasons are legitimate, travel and holidays are not essential at this time.

"To help contain and slow the spread of COVID-19, we all have to work together and that means staying in our homes and our neighbourhoods for the time being," he said.

"While it's understandable for families to want to come together and celebrate during these times, we all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Travelling unnecessarily means risking further spread, particularly to smaller communities whose health systems will be put under immense pressure if the virus is introduced into their town.

"With the upcoming holiday period approaching, we continue to see some owners and operators of short-term accommodation facilities promoting non-essential travel. This is not in the spirit of the orders and sends mixed messages to the community.

"Our message is clear - the safest thing you can do right now is to stay at home. Stay at home and save lives."

Individuals who fail to comply with the Public Health order could face six months jail or a fine of up to $11,000 (or both), plus a further $5500 fine each day the offence continues.

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