An “idiotic” trio breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules by driving from Dunedin to Blenheim and back again have run out of petrol in Timaru.
On Saturday, the trio were making their return trip back to Dunedin, but ran out of petrol in Timaru.
Senior Sergeant Kevin McErlain said the group were driving for “no other reason other than something to do”.
“Everyone has to abide by the lockdown rules, and activity such as this is simply idiotic.
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“What was even worse was the fact they did not have any money left for petrol.
“We are waiting for money to transfer to them for petrol, so they can get on their way.
“They didn’t even have a cellphone between them,” he said on Sunday morning.
McErlain confirmed the group had been warned in Blenheim of breaching lockdown rules, and the warning was valid until they get back to Dunedin, and any subsequent breaches will be a written warning.
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“We urge people not to take any unnecessary trips.”
Aside from that incident, McErlain said most South Canterbury people had been behaving themselves over the long weekend.
There were five warnings, and one arrest made of a 30 year-old Timaru man, for people breaching lockdown rules in Timaru over the weekend.
McErlain said all of those incidents involved people either making “unnecessary travel” or being in locations with other people “outside their bubble”.
“The majority of South Canterbury people are being compliant.”
While there were no checkpoints established in Timaru over the weekend, McErlain said there was one in Fairlie, in order to stop people making any unnecessary travels through the Mackenzie District.
The checkpoint was established not long after Mackenzie District mayor Graham Smith made a public plea urging people not to come to the district unless it was absolutely essential.
McErlain said as far as he knew, there were no real incidents in Fairlie.
“There wasn’t a lot of traffic this weekend, which was good, as it means people are sticking to the rules.”
“People are largely keeping to their bubble, and staying inside.”
As the country remains in lockdown, McErlain encouraged people to be patient.
“Keep complying with the rules as they are. If you’re not making a trip for groceries or medical supplies, then don’t make that trip.”