Saturday, April 13, 2024

Police border warning to footy fans

Queensland Police are warning footy fans travelling to the sunshine state to be aware of current border restrictions in place for declared COVID-19 hotspots ahead of upcoming matches.

Police at Queensland’s borders will continue to scrutinise travellers entering the state to ensure they are complying with the COVID-19 Border Direction.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said anyone who had attended a football game in Sydney within the past 14 days will not be able to travel into Queensland under current public health restrictions.

“Anyone who has been in a declared hotspot such as Sydney and planning to breach border directions by travelling to Queensland should be warned that they may be turned around and could be fined,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“While police require travellers to declare if they have recently travelled to a hotspot, we also use available information and intelligence to verify that their declaration is honest.

“In the past two months, we have seen more than 170 people either fined or served with court notices for breaching Queensland’s Border Direction.

“We are taking these measures to ensure we reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in Queensland and we are asking everyone to follow the rules carefully,” he said.

Since August 8, 306 travellers have been refused entry at Queensland airports while 5,774 vehicles have been turned around at the road border.

Police have issued 159 fines and served 20 Notices to Appear (NTA) in court following alleged breaches of the COVID-19 Border Direction.

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