“Police have always said that they will be firm, but fair. We are now in a position where we need to be much more firmer than fairer,” he said.
“People understand the orders more and more and police are just getting a little tired of people that disguise their behaviour around the orders to try and give some legitimacy to it.”
Fines have been issued right across NSW, from Kings Cross, to Orange, to Penrith and south-west Sydney.
Of those caught out by police, 15 were a group of men playing a game of cards inside a small apartment in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner-west.
“These men were in their 50s, through to just short of 90 years of age,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“No masks, no social distancing, clearly in an environment that was a huge risk to them, their families and their community.
“Police issued infringement notices and we’ll follow up and make sure that each and every person that was there playing cards is dealt with appropriately.”
An 18th birthday party at Sydney Olympic Park was also shut down by police and 10 guests – found hiding in various locations around the property – were issued fines.
“There were 10 people at this party, clearly organised. They turned up, they were aware of the public health orders,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“Police took action in terms of infringement notices to each of those people and closed the party down and they were directed to returned home.”
In a separate incident, police were called to a garage in Merrylands after neighbours reported that a gathering was taking place.
When police arrived, they found five men in their 20s inside.
“These were young people that were playing PlayStation. Again, noise of that gathering was reported to police, police went along, knocked on the garage door and here were the people sitting outside the public health order, quite clearly, and aware of their obligations.”
Authorities expect that number will swell even bigger tomorrow with more than 100 new local cases predicted.