“Stay home” should be a pretty simple message in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) world in which we now live, but clearly it is not getting through to some people.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mark Jamieson warned everyone to avoid crowding and gathering in groups – even when exercising.
“If people don’t make sensible choices on their own, then public areas like beaches will be closed,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“I made that clear last week and this is the final warning.
“Staying home is the safest place to be at this time.
“Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has been very clear – there is absolutely no reason any Sunshine Coast resident should leave their home other than for essential shopping, medical care, exercise, work or education.
“If you do go out to exercise and your favourite walking track, beach or dog park is crowded, turn around and go home.”
Mayor Jamieson advised residents not to take matters into their own hands as the Queensland Police Service (QPS) is the law enforcement agency.
“We’ve had reports of people attempting to restrict access to crowded areas and locations by placing signs at entry points.
“This cannot and should not happen – if there are concerns about people congregating in a local area, then the best thing to do is to contact the QPS.
“Queensland Police have a Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad comprised of police who are tasked with the social distancing rules and other law enforcement measures related to COVID-19 on the Sunshine Coast. They can be reached by contacting Crime Stoppers.
“The last thing we want is for frustrations to boil over and matters to get out of hand.
“If you think you’re helping by restricting access to a public area – you are not.
“Anyone flouting the social distancing rules risks a $1334 fine, but more importantly, they may be risking someone’s life.
“Those who are on the beaches or in parks sunbaking, reading or gathering together to eat or socialise are in breach of the law.”
Mayor Jamieson insisted putting community safety ahead of recreation is paramount.
He also reminded residents not to invite family and friends to visit for the upcoming Easter long weekend.
“Staying home and complying with the national public health directions is what we should all be doing in the interests of helping to slow the transmission of this virus,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“There are options available for people to safely exercise in the comfort of their own home with easy to follow videos and templates without needing gym equipment.”
Visit Sunshine Coast Council’s website for tips on staying healthy.
Council is committed to supporting Queensland Health as the lead agency responsible for responding to COVID-19 and will continue to ensure our community is kept informed.
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website.
For the latest information about council facilities and services and business assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit here.
The website will be updated as changes to council’s services occur. It also includes information on how to contact council.