Police enforcement of social distancing rules

The community is being reminded to adhere to social distancing principles to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said a range of public health directions were in place which would be further clarified by the Queensland Disaster Management Committee tomorrow.

“I understand there is confusion around what people can and can’t do and we will aim to clarify directions as they come into force,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“To put it simply, everyone in the community should practice social distancing at all times for their own health.

“The community should be aware that Chief Health Officer directions are in effect and that police will take appropriate action to ensure they are complied with.

“Blatant disregard of the directions such as house parties will be enforced.

“Police will use discretion in other instances acting on intelligence or reported complaints.

“Compliance checking of non-essential businesses and people in quarantine will continue as necessary.

“Police will not be going door-to-door to check on random residences for compliance unless an issue has been identified or complaints need follow up action.

“Where police will take action is if there are blatant or wilful breaches happening in the community.”

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski thanked the majority of the community for complying with public health directions.

“I urge everyone to practice social distancing and good hygiene for their own health and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

If a person does not comply with quarantine directions, penalties of up to $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations may apply.

Officers can also issue on the spot fines of $1334.50 for individuals and $6,672.50 for corporations which fail to abide by the health directions.

For more information about public health directions visit www.health.qld.gov.au.

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