Police have been kept busy during lockdown, issuing 69 fines for alleged breaches to the Territory’s public health orders, since the ACT was placed under stay-at-home orders back on August 12.
54 people have been arrested over alleged breached during lockdown, 47 for other alleged offences which also included a breach to the public health orders while 7 were for sole alleged breaches of the orders.
On the ACT/NSW border, officers have stopped more than 46,000 vehicles and issued 537 directions to leave the ACT.
While the ACT’s lockdown has now been confirmed to lift from Thursday night, Police say they will continue to be out in force as restrictions begin to ease.
Superintendent Naomi Binstead also said Canberrans who are 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.”
“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.”
The ACT announced an expansion of the Canberra ‘border bubble’ which will take effect from Friday.
We’re still yet to hear from the New South Wales Government about whether they will still consider the ACT as an area of concern for travel purposes once the Territory’s lockdown is over.