Taxis and Ubers have been ordered to stay away from Sydney’s CBD on Saturday in a bid to stop protesters travelling to a planned anti-lockdown rally.
NSW Police prohibited seven rideshare and passenger services from taking residents to the city’s centre between 9am and 3pm as an extraordinary response to “planned unlawful protest activity”.
More than 1500 officers have been deployed to the areas where Covid-deniers are expected to breach public health orders and protest against the statewide lockdown.
“The transmission of the delta strain of Covid-19 presents a clear and present threat to the community,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said. “Now is not the time to gather in groups in protest.
“This prohibition notice is just one of our strategies to prevent any unlawful mass gathering and keep our community safe.”
The direction to taxis and rideshare companies does not apply to essential workers and anyone who needs medical treatment who will be able to travel to the CBD.
The boundaries of the exclusion zone are:
Companies who fail to comply with the notice risk a maximum penalty of $500,000, while individuals face fines of up to $100,000.