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An exclusion zone is in place for Sydney's CBD and police have set up checkpoints around the city to stop cars and question drivers, to prevent a repeat of last weekend's anti-lockdown protests.
Thousands of people took to the streets on July 24 to protest the current public health measures, holding signs and chanting slogans. In tense moments, police clashed with demonstrators and mounted police were pelted with pot plants and other projectiles.
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On Saturday, police announced a prohibition notice had been issued that puts an exclusion zone in place in the city from 9am to 3pm. Taxis, rideshare services and other passenger services are prohibited from conveying passengers to the CBD.
Essential workers, or anyone who requires medical treatment, will be able to make their way to their destination. Companies who fail to comply face a maximum penalty of $500,000, while individuals face fines of up to $100,000.
Large numbers of police, including mounted police, have gathered in the city, while a large police operation has closed lanes of major roads into the city to stop the flow of traffic and check cars.
Police said the notice was issued to seven transport providers in response to planned unlawful protest activity "at risk of seriously comprising the public's safety".
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Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell, the commander of Central Metropolitan region, said more than 1000 officers will be ensuring Greater Sydney remains free from any protest activity.
"A pandemic is not the time to protest and this prohibition notice is just one of the tools police have implemented today to ensure the safety of the community," he said.
The boundaries of the exclusion zone are:
- Western boundary - West Link Road and The Crescent at Lilyfield
- Southern boundary - South Dowling Street and Todman Avenue at Zetland
- Northern boundary - Bradfield Highway at Milsons Point
- Eastern boundary - New South Head Road and Ocean Avenue at Edgecliff
Lane closures are in place city-bound on Parramatta Road in Annandale, Southern Cross Drive at Zetland, the Pacific Highway and Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon, Victoria Road at Rozelle, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel in both directions, the City West Link at Lilyfield, Enmore Road at Enmore, the Princes Highway at St Peters, and Oxford St at Paddington.
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Police could be seen checking each car as it passed through the checkpoint on the City West Link.
Police checking all traffic heading into the city on the Western Distributor— Peter Hannam (@p_hannam)
Passengers attempting to order an Uber on Saturday were given a message noting "NSW Police restrictions on trips in Sydney".
"NSW Police have issued orders which will prohibit rideshare or taxi pickups, drop-offs, and transit through the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs between 9am and 3pm on Saturday 31 July," the message said.
"This is likely to cause significant disruption and we advise you consider alternatives for any essential travel to and from these areas during this period."
You can't get a rideshare or taxi in Sydney today. This is the note you get when you open Uber:— Jamie Cummins (@jc_cummins)
Police arrested numerous people during last week's protest, and have issued $1000 fines to others after the event.
At least 22 detectives have been dedicated Strike Force Seasoned, which aims to identify and prosecute demonstrators.
When the strike force was formed, Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said officers "have already started to identify attendees and will continue for as long as required to identify and prosecute all those who broke the law".
"I also want to thank the majority of the community who continue to work with police and abide by the public health orders," Mr Lanyon said.
"They are in place for a reason and police will continue to enforce them - our officers will not tolerate those who think the law does not apply to them."
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