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New way to dob in lockdown breachers

Queensland police have launched a new online form the public can use to report people breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

Already 1400 Queenslanders have been issued with hefty $1334 fines for non-compliance with the public health directions.

But State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said the community response to the unprecedented measures had been, on the whole, very positive.

Steve Gollschewski said the community response to the pandemic had been positive. (AAP)

“We will continue to educate and show compassion when dealing with the public, however, we can take enforcement action if necessary to ensure we are limiting the spread of the virus,” he said.

“We encourage members of the public to use the online form to report any blatant breach of the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions.

“This includes large gatherings such as house parties and events where people are obviously ignoring social-distancing rules.”

Deputy Gollschewski said police would take follow-up action when complaints were received through the online form.

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“To date, we have received a lot of information from the public and we will continue to work with our community to keep everyone safe,” he said.

“The reason why Queensland is achieving promising outcomes is because of what measures we have put in place, not in spite of them, so this is not the time to be complacent.”

The excuses people have given for flouting the strict measures have been unique and varied.

They claimed to have no knowledge of the pandemic or social distancing.

While a woman spent a night behind bars and was fined $2000 after breaching coronavirus self-quarantine because no fresh towels were sent to her room.

Police found her outside the hotel, one day after she was given a fine for leaving her room to buy a Band-Aid.

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Source: 9News

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