A spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia has reignited concerns about a lack of social distancing.
Southern Highlands Police officer-in-charge Inspector John Klepczarek reminded the public "this is a health issue".
"Everyone's health is up for grabs. The priority is giving people education, that's where we try to be to be proactive," Inspector Klepczarek said.
As travel restrictions lifted in recent weeks, concerns about social distancing grew.
Inspector Klepczarek said footpaths in Bowral, Bundanoon and Berrima were more of a concern than people in shops.
He also said pubs and clubs were complying with limits and social distancing rules.
"We understand on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, we were inundated in the Southern Highlands," Inspector Klepczarek said.
"Some people said it was busier than Tulip Time."
Inspector Klepczarek said some complacency had set in across the community.
"It's like the bushfires. We had bushfire fatigue, we were sick of hearing about fire dangers up the road," he said.
"We had to be vigilant the whole time. As we saw, fires can wipe out communities very quickly.
"We've had COVID-19 for months. People are starting to go 'I'm over it, is it really that bad?'
"Please be vigilant. Keep social distancing and keep washing your hands."
Inspector Klepczarek said the Southern Highlands was a popular destination for travellers.
"All these people were isolated then all of sudden they've been given permission to travel," he said.
"So many people want to spend money in our great area. Such is the popularity of Southern Highlands.
"No one is purposely doing the wrong thing."
The NSW government recommends people keep 1.5 metres between themselves and other people.
Visit the Department of Health's website for the latest COVID-19 information and advice.