Sydney-based removalists who travelled through the Riverina and later tested positive to COVID-19 are now the subject of a criminal investigation.
NSW Police confirmed on Sunday that the investigation remains ongoing.
The group of three travelled to South Australia through Victoria, with two testing positive to COVID-19 upon returning to NSW.
Victoria's COVID commander Jeroen Weimar last week said that authorities in three states were sharing concerns around a "lack of sufficient information provided early and properly" by the removalists, who he described as "a rogue operator who isn't doing the right thing."
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A separate crew of removalists from metropolitan Sydney who also travelled through regional NSW have been issued court attendance notices.
Deputy police commissioner Gary Worboys said that the group - who travelled through Molong and Orange in the central west, allegedly with the knowledge they had COVID-19 - would face a maximum penalty of $11,000 and/or six months in jail.
The actions of those leaving the red zone and travelling into regional NSW have been slammed as reckless and deliberate by deputy premier John Barilaro.
"We've got significant penalties in place for deliberate, reckless actions like these," he said during a Sunday press conference.
"It could actually put in jeopardy not just a community like Orange, but the central west; put at risk regional and rural NSW where the health system would be completely swamped if we had an outbreak that was similar to Sydney.
"That's why the restrictions we've got in Sydney are significant, to minimise travel to the regions (and) to minimise travel across the city."
Deputy commissioner Worboys said he understands those in country NSW feel "absolutely angry" about people from metropolitan Sydney coming into the regions.
"I know that people across country NSW are also digging in hard in the next two weeks and when people do what these three men did, it makes it really really difficult for people in country NSW to continue to put the efforts in that they do," he said.
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