Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy, in charge of the ACT police COVID taskforce.

ACT police track down Victorian man who agreed to immediately self-isolate in Sydney, but instead detoured into Canberra | The Canberra Times

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A 38-year-old Victorian man has been issued with a $1000 fine by ACT police after breaching COVID-19 regulations by failing to self-isolate after he entered New South Wales and made his way into the ACT. The Laverton man crossed the Victoria-NSW border with a permit on the evening of Friday, July 24. The conditions of this permit required the man to self-isolate at a residence in Sydney for 14 days. The day he had crossed the border, NSW Police were unable to locate or contact him and suspected he was not complying with the self-isolation direction. Further police enquiries established that the man had travelled into the ACT and assistance was sought from local police to locate him. About 7.30pm on Saturday, July 25, ACT police found the man in Fyshwick. He did not have an exemption from the ACT Chief Health Officer to enter the ACT. The man was provided with an escort out of the ACT to complete his 14-day self-isolation period in NSW, as stipulated by the requirements of his border crossing permit. He has since been issued with a $1000 Criminal Infringement Notice. Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy, heading up the ACT policing COVID-19 taskforce, said police would take decisive action against people who ignore public health directions. “The flouting of the ACT’s public health directions, particularly by people travelling into the territory from known COVID-19 hot-spots, simply will not be tolerated by police,” Detective Superintendent Kennedy said. “Our priority remains keeping the Canberra community safe, particularly those who may be at a higher risk of health complications. “ACT Policing will continue to take a proactive approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the territory, and will work with neighbouring law enforcement agencies to ensure those travelling across state and territory borders are doing so lawfully.”

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