Police focus on supporting Canberrans to stay well as lockdown ends

ACT Policing is focusing its efforts towards supporting Canberrans to stay well as health orders change.

As this Friday, 15 October 2021, brings the end of lockdown and the first steps in the pathway forward, police are reminding everyone to be aware of the changes by continuing to take precautions when interacting with others. This involves following the gathering restrictions, wearing masks and maintaining a 1.5m distance where possible.

ACT Policing’s Officer in Charge of Road Policing Detective Inspector Donna Hofmeier said police would still conduct operations across Canberra.

“While ACT Road Policing will return to normal duties at the end of lockdown, officers will continue to maintain our anywhere, anytime approach to COVID compliance across Canberra,” Detective Inspector Hofmeier said.

ACT Policing COVID-19 Taskforce Superintendent Naomi Binstead said people wanting to travel interstate, in particular to NSW and other COVID-19 affected areas, are reminded that it still must be for approved reasons only and any returning ACT residents must complete necessary travel exemptions and declarations.

“Our priority is ensuring that people continue to stay healthy and well, and out of hospital if possible,” said Superintendent Binstead.

“The last thing we would want to see is people being too relaxed with the easing of restrictions and becoming unwell, when we have worked so hard to look after each other."

“We want people to enjoy the eased restrictions, but stay aware, get tested if you start to feel unwell, continue to check in and maintain good hygiene.”

Police urge people to continue to be vigilant in mask wearing and social distancing to 1.5m wherever possible.

Lockdown compliance activity 12 August 2021 to 12 October 2021:

Traffic compliance stops

46,475

Directions to leave the ACT

537

Personal compliance checks

5,368

Business compliance checks

1,997

Arrests for alleged breaches solely of health directions

7

Arrests for alleged other offences, which also included charges relating to breaching health directions

47

Infringements issued for alleged breach of health directions

69

Cautions for alleged breach of health directions

119

Move on orders

823

Compliance complaints received

2,238

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

For all general COVID-19 enquiries – including to make a report 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.

 

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

 

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