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Police and Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult are critical of those who failed to stay home during the first days of a government ordered lockdown period of at least four weeks to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
Otago Lakes Area Commander Inspector Olaf Jensen said police were disappointed with the number of people out and about in the resort today.
''It was a sunny day in the town and people were out congregating in public areas and generally socialising,'' he said.
''Police spoke with those who were out and about and provided education and information on what the Alert Level 4 restrictions involve.''
Mr Boult said there were a number of reports of people going outside and continuing to partake in leisure activities – such as playing disc golf or football – in the district.
''Not only is this flouting the rules, but it is putting themselves and others in danger.''
It was extremely important to follow the rules, he said.
“The rule is clear: while you can go for a walk or bike ride in your neighbourhood, you must not otherwise go out unless absolutely necessary.
"Doing so means you are breaking the law and putting people in danger. We’re all in this together and we all have to do our part.”
As several reports involved groups of young people gathering in public, parents were encouraged to make sure their children aren’t going outside unnecessarily, he said.
“The whole of New Zealand is going through a lot of pain and heartache, and this is wasted if a few idiots show utter disdain and put people in danger. Their attitude is completely unacceptable.
“We are a strong community and, now more than ever, must work together for the common good.”
Anyone concerned about others who were not self-isolating should encourage them to comply, Mr Boult said.
''If they don’t, call (police on) 105.''