Photo courtesy of Brook Mitchell.

Police have arrested 47 people and issued more than 260 Penalty Infringement Notices in response to anti-lockdown protests in Sydney and regional NSW.

Earlier today, a high-visibility, state-wide police operation was launched to prevent, disrupt and respond to any planned mass gatherings or protests.

More than 1,500 police, assisted by specialist police from the Public Order and Riot Squad, Traffic and Highway Patrol and the Dog and Mounted Unit, were involved in the operation.

Additionally, police issued a prohibition notice to taxi, rideshare and passenger services from taking passengers to the Sydney CBD, to restrict the movement of potential protesters.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said he was disappointed that some people still ignored warnings to stay at home.

“We saw the community backlash after the last protest and that was a genuine reflection of how they saw the actions of a small minority,” Mr Elliott said.

“The actions they have taken are likely to prolong the very lockdown they were protesting about.

As part of road policing operation, nearly 38,000 vehicles were checked at 14 designated traffic points on major roads leading into Sydney’s city centre.

Police are calling on the community to report suspected breaches of any public health order by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information reported is treated in strict confidence.