Dubbo residents not social distancing as the threat of COVID-19 rises in NSW are being called "selfish, irresponsible, ignorant and disrespectful".
Users of the Daily Liberal's Facebook page have slammed those ignoring the need to keep their distance.
Last week visitors to the city told of it being "too relaxed".
"We have noticed in other towns people are social distancing," a visitor told the Daily Liberal.
"Everyone gives you a wide berth when you are walking down the street, and they all stay away from each other, but we haven't seen that here in Dubbo."
The observation resonated with angry and upset Facebook users.
"Too many selfish, irresponsible and ignorant people doing what they want to do instead of what the country needs them to do," wrote Narelle Grant.
Too many selfish, irresponsible, and ignorant people doing what they want to do instead of what the country needs them to do.Narelle Grant
Kate Harris called people in Dubbo shopping centres "disrespectful for sure".
Katie Hall was concerned about the consequences of people not social distancing.
"People can't even follow arrows and floor signs even when directed," she said.
"We're gong to be screwed if it does come here."
Emma Gane compared Dubbo's response to the call to socially distance to that of Wellington.
"Dubbo's been a huge worry because they never seem to practice social distancing so let's see what happens," she said.
"Wellington is heaps better at social distancing."
Lorraine O'Leary called the situation "very scary".
Too many selfish people around at the moment and not many use the sanitiser when shopping," she said.
"It will be only time and we will be locked down."
Helen Travers asked: "What social distancing?"
"People standing on top of you everywhere you go," she said.
As of Tuesday morning, Dubbo had not had an official case of COVID-19 in several months but health authorities say its symptoms can be mild and people can "unknowingly" give it to others.
The Melbourne lockdown and fresh outbreaks in Sydney has led NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to recommend masks be worn if social distancing isn't possible.
Regular washing of hands and coughing and sneezing into the elbow or a tissue are also recommended.