ACT Policing to increase health direction compliance


ACT Policing will increase enforcement of the updated ACT public health directions by engaging with drivers and conducting compliance checks across the ACT from today (Saturday, 26 June 2021).

Police will check to ensure anyone who has been in a COVID-19 affected area of NSW has the requisite permission to legally be in the territory.

Those in home quarantine can also expect to be checked either via phone or by in-person checks.

Non-ACT residents who have recently been to Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas require an exemption in place to legally enter the ACT and can face penalties of up to $8,000 if they are caught in the ACT without one.

Acting Chief Police Officer Liz McDonald said she expects people to do the right thing by following stay-at-home requirements and not entering the ACT without an exemption.

“I have tasked my members to be on the lookout for vehicles from interstate. If you enter the ACT against the public health directions you may be stopped by police anytime, anywhere. We will also continue having officers conducting checks of individuals subject to stay-at-home orders. If you suspect someone is breaching the public health directions, let us know. We rely on information from our community, and will act on information we receive and actively engage anyone who could be from the declared areas," said acting CPO McDonald.

“Police will be there to stop the small minority whose disregard for public health directions puts everyone else at risk.

“We will continue to work with the ACT Government to consider the most appropriate enforcement approach in the ACT as health directions change.”

For the most recent information on the ACT’s COVID-19 restrictions, visit the ACT COVID-19 site.

For general enquiries – including to make reports of non-compliance, contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 6207 7244 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week). For police assistance call 131 444 and only contact Triple Zero (000) for emergencies.


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