A travel company has been slapped with a $5000 fine after three busloads of people flouted public health orders and travelled to Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

According to Western Plains Zoo, police were  called when the buses arrived to the attraction on Monday morning.

There were 128 people on-board, including tourists and staff. At least 76 of the people who had travelled were not supposed to have left Greater Sydney.

“The staff at the zoo did exactly the right thing – they isolated the risk and alerted police. They did a great job to protect the local community,” State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said.

The owner of the travel company has reportedly told police he was aware of public health orders but continued with the tour as planned.

“In discussions prior to their arrival, Taronga had received assurances from the group that they were compliant with NSW Public Health Orders, however at the point of check-in it was revealed that the group had in fact visited the Greater Sydney area,” a statement from Taronga Zoo read.

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