South Burnett police are continuing to assist Queensland Health in reducing the spread of COVID-19 with the Health Screening Checkpoint remaining in place for restricted access into the community.
Cherbourg was declared a Designated Area under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 with entry conditions in place to assist in protecting the community from the virus.
At the Health Screening Checkpoint on Cherbourg Murgon Road, members of the Australian Defence Force assist Health Officers in checking people and vehicles entering Cherbourg to ensure motorists are complying with entry conditions.
While the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council eased restrictions for Cherbourg residents to travel outside of the community, all other restrictions remain in place.
Inspector Graeme Paine said health screening measures were about protecting vulnerable members of the Cherbourg community.
“Thankfully, COVID-19 has not reached the Cherbourg community and we need to maintain health screening measures at the checkpoint to protect Cherbourg,” Inspector Paine said.
“Restrictions are easing further, however, we still need everyone to follow the rules and keep our community safe.”
Cherbourg Mayor, Elvie Sandow said no cases of COVID-19 in the community was largely due to everyone doing the right thing.
“It is always important to remember that when outside of community you maintain social distancing and wash your hands often,” Mayor Sandow said.
“We are doing this for everyone, especially the Elders and the very young people. If we stick to the rules, Cherbourg can continue to be an example to the rest of Queensland.”
“As of June 2, community members can travel from 7am to 10pm any day of the week with no limit on the number of passengers, however if you are travelling off community, you must return on the same day.”
Self-quarantine conditions still apply but may now take place in Cherbourg.
More information about the restrictions is available here: https://cherbourg.qld.gov.au/relaxation-of-travel-restrictions-for-cherbourg/