Despite calls by the government, police and local councils to stay at home this Easter weekend, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines have been issued to social distance rule breakers in Queensland.
Among those include a fine to a group of people in Port Douglas, slugged for sitting in a park and having a drink.
A woman was fined for breaking her hotel quarantine after returning to Australia from overseas.
One of the more bizarre fines was issued to a man who went on a Tinder date.
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And a wealthy businessman was caught – twice – for taking a helicopter to Moreton Island to have a picnic.
In all, 600 fines have been handed out during restrictions introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland, totalling $800,000.
Police have carried out 3742 checks on people ordered to quarantine and 5762 checks on non-essential businesses to make sure that they’re not operating.
More than 70,000 people and cars were stopped at border checks after new restrictions were introduced on Friday.
But the state’s premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and police say they are happy with Queenslanders, especially over the long weekend.
Police were out in force, but on the whole, people were doing the right thing.
The state recorded nine new cases of coronavirus on Easter Sunday. Queensland has a total of 983 COVID-19 cases.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has described the $800,000 in fines handed out by Queensland police over the weekend at “over the top”.
The tickets for breaches of coronavirus restrictions included people at outdoor parties, beach picnics and even one man caught driving from Cairns to Port Douglas on a Tinder date.
“it is over the top. How ridiculous. People were going to have a picnic. You can’t sit on the grass or a park bench,” Senator Hanson told Today.
“Okay, if you are going to spread germs and that type of thing, but you can’t sit on the grass and have a picnic with your kids, can’t go to the beach, can’t go for a walk. I think it is completely over the top. It is ridiculous.”