NSW Police allege they stumbled across the group during proactive patrols in Leppington, southwestern Sydney, at about 11.30am on Monday.
The five men, aged between 23 and 32 years old, were allegedly without face masks, sitting at a table on a footpath on Optimism Street.
Police spoke to the group, who revealed they tested positive to coronavirus in rural NSW.
NSW Police patrol Victoria Park during Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone
They had been escorted back to Sydney on August 23 and were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
The five men – aged 23, 25, 26, 31 and 32 – were then hit with $5,000 Penalty Infringement Notices (PIN) for not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19.
Police escorted them back to their premises to complete their quarantine.
Greater Sydney’s lockdown – which began on June 26 – has been extended until the end of September, while regional NSW will remain subject to stay-at-home orders until at least September 10.
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