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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Police urge continued compliance over Father’s Day

ACT Policing are reminding Canberrans of their responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the lead up to this weekend’s Father’s Day celebrations.

The ACT Policing COVID-19 Taskforce have conducted 777 compliance checks over the past seven days, including on the 254 people in quarantine in the ACT as of Monday (31 August).

Taskforce member Detective Superintendent Mick Calatzis said he was pleased to see the high level of compliance, which had remained steady over the approximate 4,400 compliance checks carried out in total.

“This is again a terrific result for the ACT. Residents are complying with the health directions and taking their quarantining responsibilities seriously,” he said.

To date, ACT Policing have only issued four criminal infringements in response to COVID-19 restrictions, including to three individuals and one business.

They have given 15 cautions and made one arrest during that time.

The ACT has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in the region for over a month, however ACT Policing are urging businesses and individuals to remain vigilant during their Father’s Day celebrations this coming weekend.

“I would encourage ACT residents to consider contactless ways to wish their elderly relatives a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ this Sunday,” Detective Superintendent Calatzis said.

“Celebrating family is important but please remember the risks close gatherings can pose for certain members of the ACT community, so consider what health precautions you can take when you visit.”

Current restrictions in the ACT allow one person per four square metres in a public venue, with a total of 100 patrons in an indoor space.

There is currently no limit on household visitations, but an ACT Policing spokesperson said they would continue to keep a close eye on community compliance.

“ACT Policing will continue to work with health authorities and the ACT Government to keep the ACT community safe,” they said.

“Venues and members of the public are reminded of the importance of adhering to health directions and maintaining social distancing this Father’s Day.”

For general enquiries or to report non-compliance, contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 6207 7244 (8am-8pm seven days a week).

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