Police have turned around seven people from COVID-19 hotspots, trying to enter the Territory without an exemption.

Officers were out at the ACT border on Tuesday as part of a day of Compliance Action amid the escalating COVID situation in New South Wales.

More than 660 vehicles were stopped on their way into Canberra during the operation with seven people identified as not complying with the ACT Public Health Orders and immediately directed to turn around back into New South Wales.

Police have also been checking in on the more than 800 people currently in Quarantine across the Territory.

ACT Policing’s Covid Taskforce Acting Inspector Ben Willis said none of the individuals turned around were issued a fine for the breach.

“We try to increase compliance through education, in the case of the seven people yesterday, it’s apparent that they got the message that they shouldn’t be here.”

“If they’re not going to argue the point, if they acknowledge that they’ve done the wrong thing and go back to where they’ve come from then that’s good enough for us.”

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“We don’t want to fine people if we don’t have to but we do have that option if we need to.”

Acting Inspector Willis also thanked the Canberra community for their reports of suspected breaches during the current Public Health Orders.

If you’d like report a potential breach you can contact the ACT’s COVID hotline during business hours on 6207 7244.

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