People directed to leave holiday hotspots

A number of people have been directed to leave holiday hotspots as police continue to enforce COVID-19 restrictions over the Easter break.

Police are using significant resources, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, to target holiday hotspots over the Easter break to ensure people are doing the right thing to keep Tasmanians safe.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Jo Stolp said that in the past 24 hours, 15 people were directed to return to their primary residence.

More than 35 people were intercepted travelling in cars, including those towing caravans and boats, questioned by police and turned around if required.

A total of 3 people were arrested or summonsed to appear in court in relation to COVID related offences.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has carried out a number of low level patrols over regional communities including Bicheno, Friendly Beaches, Coles Bay, Dunalley, Primrose Sands, Tasman Peninsula. Further patrols, including in other parts of the State, will occur over the Easter period.

Police vehicle patrols were also conducted in other areas, including Bridport, St Helens, Longford, Great Lake, Port Sorell, Ulverstone, Somerset, Smithton, Arthur River, Circular Head, Marrawah, Temma, Granville, and Trial Harbour.

“Our message to everyone is to please stay home and don’t bring unnecessary risk to those small communities,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stolp said.

“This Easter, if you are away from your primary residence and try to go to your shack and you don’t have a valid excuse, you will not only be turned around, but you could be charged and face a substantial fine.

“For those of you physically located in those communities, expect to receive an SMS message from police reminding you that you need to be following the rules about leaving your primary home without good reason.

“Do not be complacent about the restrictions. The measures that have been implemented are vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and police will be enforcing them.

“By now, everyone knows what they must do. If you have any questions, visit the coronavirus website.”

Under the Public Health and Emergency Management Acts, there are penalties of up to 100 penalty units ($16,800) or imprisonment not exceeding 6 months for failing to comply with a lawful requirement or direction of an authorised officer.

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