Police across Southern Region – The Hume, Monaro, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Riverina and South Coast Police Districts – are working to ensure the compliance of public health orders announced by NSW Health over the weekend.

Wollongong and Shellharbour are included in the Greater Sydney zone and must comply with the current stay-at-home orders under the Public Health Order.

Commencing 6pm Saturday (26 June 2021), social distancing and mandatory mask wearing while indoors became mandatory for regional communities in NSW.

The Southern Region is assisting NSW Health with current orders for regional parts of the state and is urging the public to take responsibility to ensure the safety of others, as residents and visitors travel the region during the school holiday period.

Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar APM says police will be out in our region, monitoring business and the behaviour or members of the community to assist in compliance with the NSW Health guidelines.

“We have seen a minority of the public who are not heeding the advice and police will hold these people accountable for their actions, if they disregard these guidelines and endanger others.

“The safety of our community is the main priority and police are there to ensure people are making the right decisions in our community and on our roads; we must not become complacent,” Assistant Commissioner Cassar said.

The following restrictions now apply to regional areas and will remain in place until midnight on Friday 9 July 2021, unless extended or repealed earlier.

  • Visitors to households will be limited to five guests – including children;
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs;
  • Dancing will be allowed at weddings, but only for the wedding party (no more than 20 people);
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
  • Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity

Anyone with information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of COVID-19-related ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.