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COVID-19 regulations mean the wide open road must remain empty of daytrippers over Easter
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April 7, 2020

Thinking of taking a leisurely day trip exploring the countryside over Easter? Don’t. The reality is you could be fined …

The key message from the State Government at the moment is simple:

Under the Home Confinement Public Health Direction – in place until May 19, although it could be extended – people who live in Queensland must not leave their principal place of residence except for necessary permitted purposes.

These permitted purposes do NOT include leisure travel.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism has warned tourist operators they must immediately stop encouraging people to holiday at their business or in Queensland for purposes not permitted by the public health direction.

“Unfortunately, this does mean cancelling any future bookings while the home confinement direction is in place,” CEO Peter Homan said.

Hostels, B&Bs and boarding houses may continue to operate for permanent and temporary residents travelling for a permitted purpose, with social distancing observed.

There is a limit of two people in common areas such as lounge rooms and shared facilities, with no more than one person per four square metres. There is also a limit of two people in outdoor areas that are part of the facility, or near the facility, with social distancing observed.

If a person does not comply with the public health directions, penalties will apply: $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations.

Enforcement officers can also issue on-the-spot tickets of $1334.50 or $6672.50 for corporations.

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