7 January 2021

Police set up COVID-19 checkpoint on the Barton Highway

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Policing is warning motorists to have their ID ready for COVID-19 checkpoints. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

ACT Policing has set up a COVID-19 checkpoint on the Barton Highway at Hall as it ramps up compliance operations to enforce the new public health direction blocking people from coronavirus hotspots entering the Territory.

There were lines around 40 cars deep at 11:30 am this morning (7 January) as officers checked where travellers were coming from and if they had been, or reside in, the Greater Sydney area.

The operation included at least 12 officers, four motorcycles, four squad cars and a mobile van. Police had also set up tents.

Officers on site told Region Media that testing sites would pop up without warning around Canberra and motorists were advised to have their ID ready.

READ MORE Police begin RBT-style quarantine checks for COVID-compliance

Police said that while they did not want to inconvenience people unduly, there would be no advance warning of checkpoint locations.

Police operations along the Federal Highway and Sutton Road in Pialligo were also set up earlier this week. Of the 16 cars that were turned around on Tuesday, most were coming to Canberra for a day trip to visit national institutions.

Officers are also conducting random car checks throughout the Territory with a particular focus around Parkes and Barton.

Fines of up to $8,000 can be issued to people found breaking the public health direction.

More to come.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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