#AceHealthReport – Aug.13: Police will be redirected from some operations to assist in conducting #COVID19 health directions compliance.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk reports that Australian capital Canberra goes into snap lockdown as ACT Policing support and changes to service during seven day lockdown and we expect that the community will do the right thing and follow the important changes announced today,” said Chief Police Officer for the ACT Neil Gaughan.
How Delta burst Australia’s #Covid19 bubble as the capital Canberra is going into a snap one-week lockdown after recording its first case of Covid-19 in more than a year: It will come into effect at 17:00 local time on Thursday (07:00 GMT)…………The lockdown was called for the whole of the Australian Capital Territory – home to around 400,000 people – because authorities do not know how the infected person caught the virus: Residents will only be able to leave home for essential reasons. ……………..Queues were reported at supermarkets as the lockdown approached.
Australia is struggling to get on top of the highly infectious Delta strain, which has resulted in two of its largest cities – Sydney and Melbourne – going into strict lockdowns.
Large parts of New South Wales are locked down, and in Victoria there are similar restrictions on Melbourne for at least another week.
Extra military reinforcements could be called upon to ensure compliance with lockdown rules in Sydney, the New South Wales state government said.
“We are making sure that we do not leave any stone unturned in relation to extra (military) resources,” state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a media conference.
Some 580 unarmed army personnel are already assisting police in enforcing quarantine orders in areas of Sydney.
Despite seven weeks of lockdown in Sydney, infections remain near their highest. A total of 345 new locally acquired cases were recorded in New South Wales on Thursday, while two men in their 90s died.
Fewer than a quarter of Australians are vaccinated. Despite avoiding the worst of the pandemic, frustration over restrictions has led to several large anti-lockdown protests.
“Our enforcement has not stopped since the #COVID19 pandemic began and recently we’ve increased activities while carefully monitoring the changing situation in other states.
“During the next seven days, we will take an education approach to ensure the community is complying with the restrictions but we won’t hesitate to fine or arrest those blatantly or deliberately doing the wrong thing.
“ACT Policing members will be out in our community conducting compliance checks for those in quarantine and on the road conducting traffic stops to ensure people have legitimate reasons for being in the ACT.
“It is important people adhere to the rules because the better we do now, the quicker we can get back to normal.”
A number of changes to police activities will be in effect until 5.00pm, Thursday, 19 August:
- Police stations: Only attend the station for urgent matters or to report for bail. A number of services have been suspended – no fingerprinting or Justice of the Peace services are being conducted. Instead, for non-emergencies please call 131 444 and for emergencies please call Triple Zero (000). Persons attending police stations to meet bail requirements will still be facilitated.
- Exhibition Management Centre: The centre and the Firearms Registry (including for the National Firearms Amnesty) will be closed. Any urgent matters, please contact the ACT Policing Exhibit Management Centre.
- Events: Attendance at community events and engagements have been suspended.
- Constable Kenny Koala: Visits to schools and other locations have been suspended.
We ask that anyone unsure of the current restrictions, or who believes someone may be breaching restrictions, first check the ACT COVID-19information page. It will have the most up to date information for Canberrans.
ACT Policing will continue to act on the most current health advice, and review our practices for the safety of our members and community.
Police COVID-19 compliance action turns seven back at NSW border
A day-long ACT Policing operation focusing on COVID-19 compliance saw seven people attempting to enter the ACT in contravention of Public Health Directions turned back at the NSW border.
Altogether more than 1,800 checks were carried out by more than 50 police during the day of action held as part of the campaign to keep the ACT COVID-19 free.
The seven people turned back at the NSW border were discovered during 664 roadside checks.
In addition to those checks, another 318 vehicle checks were made on Canberra’s roads, with a particular focus on ensuring tradespeople and transport workers had applied for, and been granted, permission to continue their essential work.
In-person compliance checks were carried out at 427 premises occupied by people in quarantine or the subject of stay-at-home orders, and a further 439 telephone checks were made by ACT Emergency Services Agency volunteers or ACT Health personnel from the joint call centre at Fairbairn.
ACT Policing COVID-19 Taskforce Acting Inspector Ben Willis said the results underscored the importance of the community’s cooperation under the health directions.
“It is reassuring that from nearly 900 checks of people at home, every one of them was where they had to be. These people have accepted the personal inconvenience for the benefit of the Canberra community,” Acting Inspector Willis said.
“Discovering seven people trying to come to the ACT despite the health directions that have been in place for several weeks now is a little worrying.
“It’s a reality that the ACT borders remain open but with certain restrictions, police will continue with proactive compliance activities to find those people doing the wrong thing.
“While we are relying on people’s honesty, we need the community to let us know about non-compliance.”
For the most recent information on the ACT’s COVID-19 restrictions, visit the ACT COVID-19 site.
For general enquiries – including to make reports of non-compliance, contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 6207 7244 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week). For police assistance call 131 444 and only contact Triple Zero (000) for emergencies.
#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Aug.13: 2021:
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