A woman who had been in the Greater Sydney area has been slapped with a $200 fine after being caught in the ACT without an exemption.

She had planned to travel to Canberra earlier in the week and applied for an exemption but was denied by ACT Health.

Despite that, she made the decision to come anyway and was discovered by authorities in Canberra on Monday.

The woman was directed to leave the Territory on Monday and agreed to do so.

Police returned to her address on Thursday morning to check and found she was still within the ACT.

Deputy Chief Police Officer Hall O’Meagher said the woman was issued with a fine for the breach of the ACT’s public health orders and is now believed to have left the Territory.

“This is the first time we’ve had someone stay [after being ordered to leave], we’ve directed a number of people a number of people to leave.”


Previously, 50 people had to be directed to leave the ACT after they were caught in a Braddon hotel after the travel restrictions were introduced for Greater Sydney late last month.

“They all left after being instructed to do so and there’s been a handful of other people who’ve been stopped during our traffic stops who’ve been turned around and left the ACT.”

The woman is the second person to be fined in the ACT since restrictions were introduced after a Sydney man was caught in breach of stay-at-home orders and without a mask at Parliament House on Wednesday.

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