26 September 2023

Online form makes virus dobbing easy

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The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has produced an online form for people to use to report COVID-19 compliance breaches.

State Disaster Coordinator with the police, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski (pictured) said the community response to the unprecedented measures to reduce the spread of the virus had been positive.

“The vast majority of Queenslanders recognise the importance of following the public health directions and doing the right thing to keep everyone safe,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“We will continue to educate and show compassion when dealing with the public. However, we can take enforcement action if necessary to ensure we are limiting the spread of the virus.”

He encouraged the public to use the online form to report any blatant breach of the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions.

“This includes large gatherings such as house parties and events where people are obviously ignoring social-distancing rules.”

He said police would take follow-up action when complaints were received through the online form.

“To date, we have received a lot of information from the public and we will continue to work with our community to keep everyone safe,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“The reason why Queensland is achieving promising outcomes is because of what measures we have put in place, not in spite of them, so this is not the time to be complacent.”

He said the QPS had issued more than 1,400 infringement notices for breaches of the public health directions.

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