Gold Coasters are making the most of relaxed coronavirus restrictions, with our waterways appearing to be extremely popular today.
Dozens of boaties and jetski riders have hit the water, as stay-at-home restrictions are officially eased across the state.
It’s the first time locals have been allowed to venture outside their homes for recreational activities and non-essential shopping since the pandemic began.
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We are now able to travel up to 50km from our homes to visit parks, have picnics, and shop for clothes and shoes, with shopping centres also expected to see an influx of people this weekend.
Social distancing rules still remain in place however, and police have warned they will be out in full force cracking down on those flouting the rules.
Up to 60 extra officers will be out patrolling the city each day over the long weekend, including on the Gold Coast waterways.
“We have a lot of additional resources to deploy for this weekend, it will be a high visibility operation, and again we will work with those people [Gold Coasters] but where people are being reckless or blatantly breaching the chief health officers directions, we will take action with infringement notices,” Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.
In the past 24 hours, another 17 people have been slapped with fines for breaching the state’s virus rules.
More than 1630 fines have been handed out since police started issuing the infringement notices on March 27.
Meanwhile, lifesavers are also reminding swimmers that social distancing rules also apply on the beach.
“Wishing everyone a happy long weekend! Social restrictions have eased slightly, allowing for picnics & aquatic activities,” Surf Lifesaving Queensland tweeted.
“The flags will not be flying, with surveillance patrols only. Please stick to crowds of 2 or you will be asked to disperse by lifesavers & Qld Police.”