THE TIME for warnings is over as police crackdown on people who flout COVID-19 restrictions.
Oxley Police District Superintendent Kylie Endemi has warned the public that patience for rule-breakers has run thin.
"I think we've had a lot of warning across the course of this pandemic, people can no longer say they aren't aware of what those restrictions are and what their personal obligations are," she said.
"Let's face it, it's not just a police responsibility at the moment, it is in terms of enforcement but people need to take responsibility for themselves individually at a time like this.
"When they don't, that's when we'll be there and we will issue enforcement, there's no doubt about it."
The spotlight is on pubs, clubs and restaurants as harsh new restrictions limit the number of people in a booking is dropped to 10. Businesses who break the new rules could face a fine of up to $55,000 and a further $27,500 if they are repeat offenders.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said SafeWork NSW inspectors would be out in force to check compliance with CovidSafe plans.