Police dish out several fines to Gold Coasters breaking COVID restrictions

Queensland Police are becoming increasingly frustrated by people continuing to break COVID restrictions, after dishing out several fines on the Gold Coast.

Deputy Police Commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, told reports on Friday there have been several instances in the city over the past few days.

“Regrettably we’re still seeing people do the wrong thing,” Commissioner Gollschewski said.


One of the incidents includes a dramatic arrest at a hotel a few days ago.

It’s understood a man tried to unlawfully leave his hotel quarantine before being stopped by patrolling guards, including members of the Australian Defence Force.

It’s then alleged the man become aggressive and police had to be called in to intervene.

He was arrested and has since fronted the Southport Magistrates Court where he was handed a $3000 fine.

He is now back in hotel quarantine.

“So the message there is that if you are in quarantine you need to complete it,” the Commissioner said.

A penalty infringement notice was also issued to a worker at a Gold Coast massage parlour for not abiding by the businesses’ COVID-safe plan.

Queensland Police didn’t elaborate on the exact nature of the allegations or where they occurred.

At the border, a heavy vehicle was stopped at the M1 checkpoint on Thursday where it was found they had completed a false border declaration.

They were handed an on the spot $4003 dollar fine.

Commissioner Gollschewski also confirmed investigations into the Lady Pamela, the controversial vessel sailed into the Gold Coast from Melbourne with a wealth family on board, is ongoing.

“That is a little complicated,” he said.

“We’re having to work with Maritime Safety Queensland and also the NSW Police Force because we’re looking at, not only the action of that vessel and its occupants in Queensland, but also in New South Wales.”

Yesterday, officers confirmed only a single fine had been issued to one of the occupants on board.