Queensland authorities have handed out the first fines for flouting tough new restrictions introduced to limit the spread of coronavirus.
A Brisbane massage parlour was hit with two infringement notices after being caught operating, despite massage parlours being among the businesses ordered to close.
The business copped a $6672 fine while a worker at the parlour was fined $1334.
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“Obviously this related to a compliance check of licensed and unlicensed brothels that we are carrying out, massage parloursm and it’s obviously alleged in this instance that the massage services were offered in contravention to that directive,” Commissioner Katarina Carroll said on Tuesday.
“As I said yesterday and will continue to say that we will be conducting compliance checks in all of those directives into the future.”
Police have also revealed they were forced to taser a man in Surfers Paradise after a disturbance while in quarantine.
Commissioner Carroll says the man threatened to harm himself at a home n the early hours of this morning.
“When police turned up they could not reason with him. It got a little more serious than that with police having to take action by way of a taser.”
The man was taken to hospital to undergo mental health checks.
It comes as the State Government announces plans to crack down on people in quarantine and self-isolation to ensure they are complying with their orders.
Since the end of January, more than 40 thousand people in Queensland have been ordered to quarantine or isolate.
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