Partygoers cop $17k fines for ignoring COVID-19 rules
REVELLERS received a nasty surprise on the weekend when police came knocking, with fines dished out totalling more than $17000 for breaching restrictions on gatherings.
On Friday night (April 17) police were called to attend a large gathering of people at a Cannonvale house, at about 10.30pm.
Police spoke to the house occupants, who initially denied there was a large gathering, however, police could hear more people inside and conducted an investigation.
"Police located further persons hiding in cupboards and other areas of the house," Acting Senior Sergeant Jason Colley said.
"This behaviour showed a blatant disregard for the Chief Health Officer's health directives and, subsequently, seven people were issued with $1334 fines."
Further to this, police were called to a different Cannonvale residence on Saturday, at about 4pm, and found 18 people at the one address.
"A number of people were issued warnings and a further six people were issued with $1334 fines," Sergeant Colley said.
"Two of the people were located at the party the previous night and were issued with further $1334 fines.
"This type of behaviour is extremely disappointing and puts the health of persons in our community at risk.
"The Whitsundays is a transient community and if an infected person comes into our community and attends a party or a large gathering then the area could potentially see a major spike in COVID-19 infections."
Sergeant Colley said Whitsunday Police would be taking a tough stance on this type of behaviour and people involved in gatherings would be targeted and enforcement action may be taken.
"We always try and educate people first but any wilful and deliberate breaches of the health directive will result in enforcement action," he said.
People can access the Chief Health Officer's health directives at www.health.gov.au and are reminded that no more than two people, who don't normally reside at a residence, can visit another household.