THREE more people have copped $1000 fines for breaching public health orders after they were caught drinking with friends at separate parties on the weekend.
New England police issued the fines to two men and a teenage girl, and handed out several cautions on the weekend, after they discovered two separate gatherings of people in the Deepwater and Tenterfield areas.
On Saturday night, police were called to a caravan park on Rouse Street, Tenterfield, at about 11pm after a noise complaint.
Officers discovered five people in a bungalow, in breach of ministerial orders that prohibits gatherings of more than two people.
A 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl - who had already been cautioned and warned by police not to breach public health orders previously - were slapped with $1000 fines.
The three others were issued official cautions by police not to congregate together, and maintain social distancing.
In a separate incident, officers were called to a licensed hotel in Tenterfield Street in Deepwater, at about 5pm on Friday.
Officers spoke to a 27-year-old man who they said was sitting with a group of other patrons drinking. After questioning him, he was issued a $1000 penalty infringement notice for flouting public health others.
The same man had been spoken to by police on Thursday about social distancing laws, and was warned to comply.
Last week, a 34-year-old woman was slapped with the hefty fine after she was intercepted by police on the roads in the early hours in Moree.
New England police were patrolling the town and stopped the car on Adelaide Street at about 1.30am for an RBT.
Police said the woman was unable to provide a reasonable excuse for leaving her home in Coonamble and was issued with the penalty infringement notice.
In Oxley, two $1000 fines have been issued after a Tamworth man and Boggabri woman failed to self-isolate for 14 days after returning from overseas.
The couple were slapped with the penalties on March 28 after they were warned not to leave a Hillvue home.
Police were tipped off after the couple went to Boggabri and officers went knocking.
Under current NSW laws, hotels are prohibited from opening and the public must keep 1.5m apart in all public areas, and public gatherings are banned.
Only groups of two are permitted in public, unless family, for essential reasons including getting food and medical supplies, exercising or work.
Anyone who has returned home from overseas must self-isolate at home for 14 days.