COVID-19: New South Wales police commissioner issues warning to anti-lockdown protesters

New South Wales' Police Commissioner has issued a warning to anti-lockdown protesters that they will be arrested if they breach COVID-19 restrictions.

This comes just days after thousands of locals took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities to protest recent lockdown restrictions.

So far, more than 100 people have been fined and at least 63 have been charged over their attendance, 7News reported.

On Monday, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said since the protests, police had received more than 10,000 reports about COVID-19 rule breakers.

"(It's) an amazing outcry by the community, not just in terms of their disgust at the protest but the way that the police, the mounted unit in particular, retreated during that," he said.

Police have also heard suggestions a second protest may occur next weekend.

But Cmmr Fuller issued a warning that police would be out in force.

"Can I just put this warning out now to everyone: We will be heavily policing that event," he said.

"We will take the ground very early. You will be arrested. The community has spoken about that behaviour... and it won't be tolerated."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was "absolutely disgusted" by the protests and hoped it wouldn't impact the amount of COVID-19 cases in the state.

"I hope it won't be a setback, but it could be," she said.

However on Tuesday, NSW Health department announced a record-breaking 172 new community COVID-19 cases.

Of the locally acquired cases 60 were infectious while in the community and the isolation status of a further 32 cases remains under investigation

The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is now 7928 and there have been 66 total deaths.