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On-the-spot fine for breaking lockdown rules in Mackay

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As millions of south east Queenslanders spend their fourth day in lockdown, police warn travellers returning to regional towns from down south that they too have to follow stay-at-home orders.

Police are manning airports across regional Queensland this week in efforts to remind people they have to follow the same rules, if they’ve come from Brisbane or the other 10 LGAs in lockdown.

Anyone in those areas from 1am on Saturday must follow stay-at-home orders or risk being slapped with an on-the-spot fine of $1,374.

The lockdown is in place until 4pm on Sunday, at this stage.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson says anyone who been to the south east and returned to regional Queensland, must also continue to follow lockdown rules.

Those rules remain in place regardless of whether that person tests negative for Covid.

“There remains a policing presence at major regional airports where officers will meet

particular flights and speak with passengers about their obligations.

“Police may take action against individuals who fail to comply with the directions

including the option of issuing an on-the-spot penalty infringement notice amounting to $1,374,” a spokesperson says.

Queensland has recorded 19 new cases of Covid-19, 16 of which are linked to the Indooroopilly Delta cluster in Brisbane.

Police are encouraging anyone with information about a lockdown or stay-at-home order breach to report the matter on the Queensland Police Service website.