“It’s important for the message to get out that the NSW government and NSW Police are appealing to people to stop thinking how you can game the system, stop thinking how can get away with breaking the rules, start thinking about how quickly we can get out of lockdown,” he said.
“This lockdown is not something that the NSW government wants to do; in fact, it’s probably the worst scenario that we can think of.”
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys described the men’s actions as “reckless and certainly very selfish”.
“I understand people from regional NSW and the Central West who were absolutely angry with the behaviour of those three despite the very best and strong health advice. They left Greater Sydney and at one point on the journey they were provided with strong advice from (NSW) Health and they continued on,” he said.
“It is such that we need to make sure that we send a very clear message and that is that $11,000 and or six months in jail is now a penalty upon those three men.”
Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro said: “This is careless, reckless and deliberate and they will feel the full brunt of the law.”
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