Coronavirus: Third person charged with breaching Auckland's alert level 3 restrictions

Another person has been arrested and charged in relation to breaching the level 3 restrictions, bringing the total number of people charged to three.

He was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to evade the checkpoint at State Highway 1 in Bombay as he tried to enter Auckland, police said.

"The man ignored the signage for all cars to use the left lane and instead, allegedly drove into the truck lane in order to bypass the checkpoint," said Assistant Commissioner Scott Fraser.

He was stopped 500m north of the checkpoint and arrested for breaching his bail conditions as well as breaching the regional restrictions.

He'll appear in court on September 3.

 Nearly one in 20 vehicles have been turned away at Auckland checkpoints, police say.

As of Friday, more than 125,000 vehicles had been stopped to ensure they have a good reason for crossing the border and the proper documentation, with 6174 turned back.

Police will continue to be on high alert this weekend, as they manage 13 checkpoints bordering the city, which is at alert level 3 - the rest of the country on level 2.

Fraser says anyone planning a getaway from the city will be turned around.

"Police have seen a significant decrease in traffic volumes going through the checkpoints today, however we are appealing to people to plan their permitted travel, and be aware there may be delays during peak times."

The Government is expected to announce its decision on whether Auckland will stay at level 3 or move up to level 2 on Monday.

"We encourage anyone to stay at home as much as possible and wear face masks when out in public," said Fraser.