Fifty Sydneysiders are booted from a hotel in Canberra where they were trying to ride out the Covid storm – but are instead taken to the border and dumped
- About 50 Sydneysiders were booted from a hotel in Canberra over travel bans
- The guests were unable to provide exemptions and were told to go back home
- Non-ACT residents who have been to Sydney and surrounds need an exemption
More than 50 Sydneysiders were booted from a Canberra hotel for breaching travel restrictions when discovered by police.
Hotel staff first alerted police that a family-of-two were staying at the hotel in Braddon, an inner north suburb, on Saturday night.
The family visited Sydney on June 21 and did not have an exemption to travel into Canberra, which has been required for the past few days.
The city does not accept any non-ACT residents who do not have an exemption if they have visited Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
More than 50 Sydneysiders were booted from a Canberra hotel for breaching travel restrictions when discovered by police (pictured, ACT officer wearing a face mask)
Officers told the family they would have to immediately leave the hotel before escorting them to the border and back to NSW.
Hotel staff then called police a second time to say they had learned another 50 other guests had also been in Sydney.
Police told the guests they would be allowed to stay in the hotel overnight but would have to leave first thing on Sunday morning.
Any of the guests who did not comply were warned they would be required to stay in hotel quarantine for 14 days.
Non-ACT residents who have visited Sydney need to obtain an exemption before travelling into Canberra.
Anyone who is caught breaching the restrictions risks an $8,000 fine.
Sydneysiders have also been prohibited from leaving their homes after the city was plunged into a 14 day long lockdown.
Residents may only leave their homes for four essential reasons including work, shopping for essential items, seeking medical care, or for caregiving or compassionate reasons.
Sydneysiders have also been prohibited from leaving their homes after the city was plunged into a 14 day long lockdown (pictured, residents at Bronte Beach on Saturday)
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