8 January 2021

AWM, Arboretum and IKEA targeted in COVID-19 compliance crackdown

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Policing were checking cars at King Edward Terrace in Parkes. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Three cars travelling on the Barton Highway were denied entry to the ACT yesterday, according to ACT Policing which has stepped up its COVID-19 border operations.

Passengers in another vehicle were directed into quarantine.

More than 2,150 cars were stopped at the border operation in Hall which aimed to ensure compliance with the new public health direction. The direction bans entry to the ACT to people who have been to NSW hotspots which include the Greater Sydney area, the Central Coast and Wollongong.

Just under 190 cars have been turned around as of Friday morning (8 January).

Police also conducted compliance checks around IKEA, the Australian War Memorial, King Edward Terrace near Questacon, and Lady Denman Drive near the Arboretum.

A total of 1,532 cars were stopped across the four sites yesterday.

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ACT Policing are targeting tourist hotspots for compliance checks. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Police said there have been no obvious breaches of the ACT’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Police are continuing to conduct RBT-style operations around the ACT, focusing on national institutions and tourist hotspots and border checkpoints.

Restrictions on travel from Greater Sydney will be reviewed on Tuesday (12 January).

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