Beaudesert police set to clamp down on COVID rules compliance

CHECKS: Police dropped in to Kooralbyn's Copperhead Cafe. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
CHECKS: Police dropped in to Kooralbyn's Copperhead Cafe. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT police say they will be conducting random checks of businesses venues across the region to ensure everyone is complying with COVID Safe plans to minimise the risk of another lockdown.

Senior Sergeant Jon Kirkman said officers had dropped in to the Copperhead Cafe opening on Sunday and were pleased to find locals complying with safety requirements. Fines for failing to comply with the Cheif Health Officer COVID-19 directives are $1378 for individuals and $6892 for businesses.

Sergeant Kirkman said police handed out fines elsewhere over the weekend, including to a 43-year-old Gold Coast woman who failed to get back into Queensland from NSW.

"The lady had been in NSW for a non-essential purpose, was stopped at the Palen Creek checkpoint and denied entry to Queensland. She initially refused to return to NSW and was issued a $1378 fine.

Sergeant Kirkman said being a non-restricted border zone residentdid not mean people could come and go as they pleased.

"My message is, if you don't need to go to NSW, if it's not essential then don't go," he said.

Essential purposes include

  • To obtain food or other essential goods or services for the personal needs of the household or other household purposes, which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales
  • To obtain medical care or supplies or other health care services which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales
  • To obtain a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales
  • To comply with an order to attend a Court or Tribunal in-person in Queensland or to give effect to orders of a Court or Tribunal in-person in Queensland
  • To donate blood or blood products at a scheduled appointment at a blood collection centre in Queensland
  • To perform work or volunteering that cannot be done from home
  • To attend a childcare facility, school, university, or other educational institution or to transport a child to attend a childcare facility, school or other educational institution
  • To provide assistance, care or support to a family member or to fulfil other caring responsibilities
  • Yo fulfil an obligation relating to shared parenting or child contact
  • For children under 18 years who do not live in the same household as their biological parents or siblings or one of their parents or siblings, continuing existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children and siblings
  • In the event of an emergency situation.