WAGGA Police will be simulating a total lockdown of the city later this week as the threat of COVID-19's return looms.
Riverina Police District Commander Superintendent Bob Noble said the exercise would be a purely theoretical 'desktop simulation'.
"If people don't think [the pandemic] is serious, I can tell you right now that later this week I will facilitate an exercise which will have whole-of-government buy-in," he said.
"We will simulate the lockdown of the city of Wagga."
If the simulation were to become a reality, Superintendent Noble said it would be a taxing operation.
"We don't want to do that if we don't have to," he said.
"Obviously it would be a significant undertaking and one which we would only enter into in dire circumstances, but we are putting plans in place in case it's necessary."
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Superintendent Noble reminded the community that each person plays a role in the success of avoiding further lockdowns.
"An important step in making sure it's not necessary is for people to get on board and comply with those obligations under the law," he said.
"If they don't, this is how serious it can get."