Officer-in-charge of Kingaroy Police, Snr Sgt David Tierney

April 30, 2020

Police will be out and about ensuring travellers are obeying the 50km COVID-19 non-essential travel limit this weekend.

Earlier this week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that from 11:59pm on Friday some of the “stay-at-home” COVID-19 precautions would be eased slightly.

People would be able to go for a drive; ride a motorbike, jetski or go boating for pleasure; or have a picnic – so long as they remained within a 50km radius of their principal place of residence.

Sunwater then announced that both Boondooma and Bjelke-Petersen dams would reopen for picnics, swimming, fishing, boating or water ski-ing.

Both dams will be open from 6:00am to 6:00pm but no camping will be allowed.

Officer-in-charge of Kingaroy Police, Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney said police would be doing operations across the weekend to ensure compliance with the 50km rule.

He said travellers who were more than 50km from their principal place of residence would be turned around and sent back home.

“The main aim of patrols will be education, but if action needs to be taken it will be,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.

He said Kingaroy police had issued several fines for breaching the COVID-19 restrictions after they first came in but most people were now doing the right thing.

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