Covid compliance investigation

Police have taken action against two people following investigations into breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions in South East Queensland earlier this month.

It will be alleged a 26-year-old man flew from Sydney to Ballina to meet up with a 36-year-old Banyo woman who transported him by road to Tugun at 1pm on Wednesday, July 14 and subsequently on to Brisbane.

It is then alleged the man attended three shops in Chermside, where he used untrue information to check-in to shops on July 15.

After being placed into hotel quarantine in Brisbane, the man allegedly opened the door to his room and verbally abused staff while not wearing a mask.

It is alleged after warnings, and with full knowledge of his positive COVID-19 Delta strain diagnosis, he continued to open his door while not wearing a facemask.

The 26-year-old New South Wales man has been issued with three infringement notices relating to breaching the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions including: failing to comply with Queensland’s COVID-19 Border Direction ($4,135), failing to comply with COVID-19 direction by providing untrue information ($4,135) and failing to comply with COVID-19 Direction of an Emergency Officer ($1,378).

The 36-year-old woman has been issued with an infringement for failing to comply with the COVID-19 Border Direction, party to the offence ($4,135).

Queensland’s border restrictions mean anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot cannot enter the state unless they have a valid border declaration pass.

A separate declaration pass is required for everyone entering Queensland and all people travelling together must be eligible to enter the state.

More information about the Queensland Border Declaration Pass is available here: https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass.

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