Tourists face fine after visiting Canberra

A group of tourists has been referred to police after travelling to Parliament House in Canberra from a coronavirus red zone in Sydney.

ACT Health received reports of a potential breach of travel restrictions after the group from the Cumberland area of western Sydney visited Parliament House on Tuesday.

“The report was received from the COVID Taskforce at Parliament House and has been referred to ACT Policing for investigation,” a spokesman told AAP on Wednesday.

Department of Parliamentary Services staff are deep-cleaning parts of the building.

“DPS is aware a group of people potentially from a designated COVID-19 affected area of NSW visited the ACT yesterday, against ACT public health directions, and including a visit to Parliament House,” a spokesperson told AAP.

“DPS has been in contact with ACT Health and provided relevant information to authorities as well as undertaking cleaning in line with COVID-safe plans for the building.”

The potential breach was reportedly discovered after a member of the group provided their postcode while purchasing a souvenir from the gift shop.

The Cumberland local government area remains a no-go travel zone for the ACT.

Individuals can be fined up to $8000 for breaching the travel restrictions.

Federal parliament is set to resume next week, with thousands of politicians and staff returning to the building.

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