Anyone planning on heading outdoors to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend are being warned police will be out and about making sure people are continuing to social distance.
Additional police resources are being deployed across the city ahead of easing restrictions on Sunday, which will allow up to five members of the same household to visit another household.
Families will also be able to travel outside 50km to visit someone’s home, but Queenslanders are being warned they can’t then go out into that community to go to the beach or have a picnic.
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Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says Gold Coast police are anticipating an increase in crowds this weekend and will be focusing their efforts on public spaces like parks and beaches.
“Mother’s Day is a special family occasion that deserves to be celebrated but it is important to remember that there are still restrictions in place and social distancing rules still apply,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.
Following the dramas in Burleigh last weekend, concentrated patrols will also be ramped up at popular areas like Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Hill.
“It is also important to remind the community that drinking in a public place like a park or the beach is an offence in Queensland and if detected by police an on the spot fine of $133 can be issued,” Wheeler added.
Police will also be monitoring traffic throughout the Gold Coast, with random intercepts being conducted to ensure compliance with the Chief Health Officer’s directions.
“Our policing focus is in engaging with the community and education but where there is blatant and deliberate acts of ignoring Chief Health Officer’s directives or legislation police will take the necessary action,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.