Police have issued four penalty infringement notices and have been forced to arrest one person for breaching public health orders on day two of the state’s snap three-day lockdown.
Deputy Commissioner and State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said overall, compliance from Queensland residents remains “very good”, but admitted some people are still refusing to abide by the rules.
“Unfortunately we saw four penalty infringement notices issued yesterday and that included one penalty infringement notice associated with the beauty parlour at Newstead,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
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Police swarmed the salon in Brisbane on Thursday after owner Daniela Milos refused to close her business in defiance of the state’s lockdown order.
“I have had enough of this tyrannical nonsense, this illegal nonsense and I have decided that not only do I not wear a mask, but I also am going to operate my considered non-essential business today and Friday and any other day through any lockdown that they impose,” Ms Milos posted on Instagram yesterday.
“The reason I’m doing this is that you are legally allowed to open your business – essential, non-essential.
“No one has a right to tell you that making money for your family is essential or not, not a single person on this planet,” she said.
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said investigations into the matter are continuing.
One person was also arrested on Thursday for refusing to wear a mask and refusing to give police their details.
“Not a particularly wise choice,” Gollschewski said, adding that officers handed out more than 358 masks.
Police said our borders remain “very safe”, with only a very small number of people having to be turned away.
The lockdown will be lifted for several areas across the state from 6.00pm tonight, including the Gold Coast, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Townsville.
However, Brisbane and Moreton Bay will remain house-bound for at least another 24 hours after three new local COVID-19 cases emerged overnight.