Australians still ignore the COVID-19 restrictions, fining over $ 800,000 across the country in just 24 hours.
Police officers are in effect this weekend to tackle social distance crimes during the Easter holidays.
Most seem to follow the government’s advice, with the usually crowded vacation spots largely empty.
But in Victoria and Queensland alone, more than 580 violations were imposed on residents who blatantly violated public health orders.
Police officers carry out checks on the Queensland-NSW border after stricter restrictions came into effect at night
COVID-19 rules vary from state to state, but the general advice is that Australians should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary
The fines for any state for people who violate health regulations or ministerial instructions
Victoria police confirmed that 183 people were beaten with a $ 1,652 fine for violating public health regulations in the 24 hours to 11 hours on Saturday.
The fines included four women who were caught at short-term rental parties and seven friends who drank in a school yard.
Several people were fined for meetings at their home.
Officers have conducted nearly 20,000 random checks on homes, businesses and nonessential services since March 21.
A five-day operation is underway to enforce safety on the state’s roads at Easter and has the added task of arresting nonessential travelers.
COVID-19 rules vary from state to state, but the general advice for all Australians has been not to leave their home unless it involves essential travel, including buying food and exercise.
A man is handcuffed on Bondi Beach on Saturday morning
Police officers are in force this weekend to crack down on social offenders during the Easter holidays (photo: officers speak to bystanders)
Queenslanders entering the state must have an orange or red pass, the latter indicating that they are returning from one of the 13 COVID-19 hotspots declared by the state government
The crackdown has spread to other parts of the country, with fears that city dwellers will use the Easter holidays to travel to rural communities.
In Queensland, more than 400 fines were imposed for coronavirus-related violations, raising more than half a million dollars for the state government.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said that the majority of people were compliant and that officers took people’s word for it and also showed compassion before setting a fine of $ 1,334.
“However, we have issued more than 400 sanctions notifications,” Carroll said on Saturday.
“Most people do the right thing, but if there is blatant disregard, and there have been many examples of this, people will get an infringement report.”
Not only are the police busy issuing fines, they are also patrolling the NSW-Queensland border and vehicles driving south on the M1 to the Gold Coast after tighter restrictions came into effect at night.
The new 14-day isolation period for Queenslanders means those returning to the state will need a new pass and exceptions to strict coronavirus rules to get home.
Crowds gathered at popular hotspots in Sydney as residents went for a walk
A Queensland police officer (right) sees people being moved off the beach at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Friday, April 10
Earlier passes of the state government have been annulled.
Queenslanders entering the state must have an orange or red pass, the latter of which indicates they are returning from one of 13 COVID-19 hotspots declared by the state government.
Exemptions apply to freight and commercial vehicles.
“There has been a dramatic change and every individual must have a pass,” said Mrs. Carroll.
“If you have a red pass, as happened to two people, you will become self-insulated.”
She said from personal experience that people who drove along the Gold Coast beach this morning obeyed the social distance rules.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,283
New South Wales: 2857
South Australia: 428
Western Australia: 506
Australian Capital Territory: 103
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 6,283
Three beaches were closed on the Gold Coast, at Coolangatta, The Spit and Surfers Paradise, and they were monitored both physically and by drones.
“People go for a swim or walk, but we don’t see people hanging out, hanging or hanging out in groups,” she said
Gold Coast District Superintendent Mark Wheeler said they have intercepted 200 vehicles southbound on the M1 in recent days.
“We’ve been very focused with our interceptions … and we’ve had to turn eleven vehicles with nineteen people. They had no reason to travel to the Gold Coast, “said Mr. Wheeler.
“No violations have been disclosed.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Gary Worboys, in New South Wales confirmed on Friday that nearly 50 residents of the state had been fined $ 1,000.
Mr. Worboys said that while most people in NSW followed the rules, it was disappointing to issue fines worth $ 50,000.
A number of beaches have been closed across the country after people continued to ignore social distance rules
“Here we are at the beginning of Easter. Around this state, police are reporting that a lot of attention is being paid to and responding to those requests around not traveling, taking social distance, “he said Friday.
But at the same time, it’s disappointing to say that in the past 24 hours, nearly 50 people have received an infringement report for $ 1,000.
“Those people who just haven’t understood the seriousness of the situation we’ve faced in recent months and days.”
Police in Western Australia have also been ordered to impose on-the-spot fines for people who neglect social distance, with photos appearing on crowded Good Friday beaches.
WA Police praised beachgoers who hit the waves and were aware of social distance measures.
“The vast majority of people who visited the beaches consciously followed the advice about keeping the correct distances,” they said in a statement.
SOCIAL DISTANCE LAWS EXPLANED BY STATE: HOW TO PREVENT HEARING
Meetings are limited to two people, with residents only allowed to leave their home for a few essential reasons.
This includes buying food or essential goods, getting medical treatment or exercising.
You can also visit a terminally ill family member or attend a funeral.
Students can also go to daycare, school, college or university.
As of April 3, state borders will be closed to everyone except residents and essential workers.
New South Wales
NSW officials also maintain the two-person limit, with residents required by law to stay at home unless they have a “reasonable excuse.”
This includes traveling to work or school, buying food or other necessities, exercise and medical reasons.
It is up to the police to decide who gets the fines, up to $ 11,000 or six months in prison.
The state has also introduced the limit for two people inside and outside the house – not counting the people you already live with.
The chief physician, Dr. Brett Sutton, confirmed that an exception would be made for people who visit their friend if they live separately.
Otherwise, people are allowed to leave the house for one of five reasons: shopping for food, work and education, care reasons, sports, or other mitigating circumstances.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT also maintains the two-person limit, but people may have a maximum of two guests indoors – only if there is a minimum of four square feet per person.
It also only allows people to leave the house for essential reasons, including essential shopping, medical reasons, exercise, work or study.
Violators face problems with warnings, but can face a fine if they find they are breaking the rules again.
WA has not only closed the borders to non-residents, but has also introduced fines for people leaving the region.
Nine regions are divided and people cannot move for any other reason than for an essential reason.
Think of going to work, medical appointments, school or other education.
Drivers are also allowed to carry cargo, and people can go to a store outside their area if supplies are not available closer to home.
In NT, the police still maintain a limit of ten people instead of just two people.
But Prime Minister Michael Gunner warned that it could take further action if people don’t follow the rules.
All nonessential arrivals in the state must be quarantined for 14 days and people are not allowed to visit remote communities.
Tasmania has also enshrined the two-person limit in which residents are only allowed to leave the house for essential reasons.
This includes shopping, exercising and going to medical appointments.
Going to the vet is also allowed, as is going to school or looking after someone else.
Arrivals must isolate themselves for 14 days.
SA also adheres to the 10-person limit, with $ 1,000 on-the-spot fines for those with a larger group.
Again, all arrivals in the state must isolate themselves for 14 days.