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How Roma police will enforce COVID-19 mask mandate

In light of Brisbane’s three-day lockdown and the statewide COVID-19 restrictions enforced, Roma Police Officers will be applying a ‘compassionate and common sense approach’ and anticipate most issues will be resolved through effective communication and education.

Anyone who has been in the Greater Brisbane area since March 20 is now required to follow the lockdown restrictions.

“Anyone who has been in that Greater Brisbane area since Saturday, March 20, is now required to follow those same requirements,” chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

Everyone outside of the Greater Brisbane area is being urged to wear a mask when they cannot socially distance, when inside, and when on public transport.

Inspector Ray Vine from the Roma Patrol Group, South West District said local police will monitor compliance relating to the new Chief Health Officer Restrictions for Queensland directive.

“The key measures of this directive are the wearing of face masks and restrictions to certain business activities such as seated dining and service of alcohol,” Inspector Vine said.

“We will be applying a compassionate and common sense approach and it is anticipated most issues will be resolved through effective communication and education.

“I would encourage everyone to keep up to date with the latest Chief Health Officer public health directions which can be located HERE.

Inspector Vine said it is important for the community to understand everyone must carry a face mask when they are outside of their home.

“Face masks must be worn by all persons over 12 years of age whenever a person is in an indoor space which is not their home, or in an outdoor space where physical distancing cannot be maintained,” Inspector Vine said.

“Please continue to take this advice seriously as it is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community safe and healthy.”


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