by on April 10, 2020
Police will clamp down on Queenslanders who ignore directions not to travel over the Easter long weekend. The warning comes as the government introduces a 14-day isolation period for Queenslanders who travel to a COVID-19 hotspot anywhere in the country. The measure comes into effect from midnight on Friday. Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young made the announcement on Thursday, saying Queenslanders need to remain vigilant. "If we relax the restrictions, we could see a rapid increase in the number of COVID cases as we have seen in other countries," Dr Young said on Thursday. The new measure means even Queenslanders returning to the state will require a pass and exemptions to strict coronavirus regulations to get home. Police will make themselves more visible and monitor traffic throughout the state to clamp down on people who ignore directions not to travel over the long weekend. Beaches on the Gold Coast, islands off the Queensland coast, camping grounds and national parks throughout the state are closed to visitors. Police will also clamp down on boaties who are allowed on the water only for essential travel or to catch fish for food. No more than two people, or only immediate family members are allowed on board a boat. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the threat of the global pandemic is far from over. "Do the right thing and stay in Queensland," she said. "Stay in your state, stay in your region, stay in your suburb." The Queensland government, meanwhile, announced on Thursday it would offer land tax rebates and introduce measures to stop landlords evicting those unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 crisis. The state's number of confirmed coronavirus cases was 953 on Thursday. There were 33 patients in hospital, 12 in intensive care.
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