South Coast businesses are committed to staying vigilant when it comes to visitors from Greater Sydney, despite huge losses in tourism income due to the latest lockdown.
Last week's news that eight teenagers from Sydney were caught trying to isolate at an Airbnb in Catalina was a reminder for community members and businesses to stay alert to people breaking the lockdown rules.
NSW Police confirmed the group had been "dobbed in" anonymously by a member of the public and had not visited any places during their 24 hour stay.
Yet businesses in the area continued to be cautious when checking the people who enter their venues.
Last year, Club Catalina introduced a policy where entrants must confirm they had not been to any listed hotspots before they are allowed inside.
"We're making sure every single person who walks through the door, whether they're a member or not, has to sign in with the QR code and provide their license," Club Catalina management said.
"We want to keep our staff, our patrons and our community safe so it's important to keep following the NSW Health guidelines about social distancing and checking in."
Similarly, Bayview-Hotel owner Ainsley Ratcliff said the venue made it a policy to check everyone's license at the door. Anyone with an address in the Greater Sydney area is refused entry.
"I'd say 90 per cent of people understand and are doing the right thing, but we have had a couple of people we've had to turn away who grumble and groan and say we're discriminating against them," she said.
"We just explain we are a small local family business and we have got to do our due diligence to keep our staff and customers safe."
Shire businesses have experienced revenue losses as a result of the Sydney lockdown, yet Ms Ratcliff said it wouldn't stop them from keeping up with the rules.
"It's been really difficult without people visiting over the school holidays, especially for our community where we do rely on tourism," she said.
"We normally would have our accommodation quite busy but that's been the opposite the past few weeks.
"We're really lucky because we've got locals who do come in every day and support our business which has been fantastic."