A Sydney woman will face court in the ACT on Saturday after travelling to Canberra without an exemption.

ACT Police identified the woman after she arrived on a flight from the New South Wales capital on Friday night.

Checks by ACT Health confirmed the woman did not have an exemption to enter the ACT from the covid lockdown in Greater Sydney.

She was taken to a hotel at the airport where she was ordered to stay, at her own expense, until being escorted to a return flight on Saturday.

Later that night, hotel staff alerted police that the woman had guests to her room and was preparing to leave.

Police arrived as a ride-share vehicle was departing the hotel with the woman inside.

The vehicle was eventually stopped along Kings Avenue in Russell where the woman was arrested and taken to the watch house.


She’ll now face court charged with failure to comply with a direction by the ACT Chief Health Officer, her matter will also be referred to NSW Police for a breach of the state’s lockdown orders.

In the ACT, stay-at-home orders for the Greater Sydney area were upgraded to Quarantine orders on Friday afternoon, in response to the worsening situation in New South Wales.

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