24 August 2020

COVID-19 compliance checks ramp up on Canberra border arrivals and businesses

| Dominic Giannini
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Police have conducted more than 500 COVID-19 compliance checks in the last week. Photo: Region Media.

ACT Policing has issued no new COVID-19 fines after conducting more than 500 compliance checks on people in quarantine and businesses over the past week, bringing the total number of compliance checks in the ACT to 3600.

Only four fines for breaching quarantine have been issued to date.

The large number of compliance checks corresponds with the increase of people quarantining in the Territory after 97 Canberrans who were stuck on the Victorian border for a week returned home.

“Police and the ACT Government have gone to great lengths to educate and support people in quarantine about their responsibilities, and it is very encouraging to see people are doing the right thing,” Detective Superintendent Mick Calatzis said.

The first of the returned Canberrans will be allowed out of isolation this week.

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Anne Cahill Lambert – the unofficial spokesperson for the stranded Canberrans – is on her 11th day of quarantine and says the isolation was made worse by the six ‘Gladys-days’ she spent in isolation while stuck at the border.

“It is really frustrating because we came from an area with no COVID-19 and spent an extra six days in isolation at the border,” she said.

“But Hunny [her dog] is loving having everyone around.”

Anne Cahill Lambert was one of the first Canberrans to arrive back in the ACT 11 days ago. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

No new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the ACT since the start of July, but ACT Policing is reminding Canberrans that a number of restrictions are still in place across the ACT.

“It is great to see so many people out, and I would encourage people to stick to the timeframe specified by the venue when dining out,” Detective Superintendent Calatzis said.

“Most people are keen to do the right thing and by staying within the time limit you are helping business owners manage the number of people in their establishment and ensure they remain compliant with health restrictions.”

For all general enquiries relating to COVID-19 – including making a report of non-compliance with public health directions – contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 6207 7244 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, seven days a week, or via the online form at Access Canberra.

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