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UPDATE FROM LDMG – RE new health direction on COVID

BREACHES OF COVID GATHERING RULES AT HOME RISKS $13,300 FINE

NO MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE IN PRIVATE PLACES

The Local Disaster Management Group reminds Palm Island residents that current COVID directions ban gatherings in private places - such as homes, of more than 30 people.

From Monday morning Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire has had their limit reduced to 10 people as the tighter restrictions have been extended as the current outbreak in Qld extends further.

LDC Adele Young said Residents were advised last week via this site of the new - NO MORE than 30 RULE at private places - gatherings. It was also well publicised via the media.

This means any house or private gathering which has more than 30 people together (including residents) commits an offence with a maximum fine of 6 months jail and / or a max fine of $13,300 (100 penalty units)

Cherbourg has now gone to a 10 people max in private spaces and we are likely not far away from that either.

It was clear from the weekend that some people on Palm ignored this new Health Direction with private parties well over 30 people.

This health direction could be extended to Palm Island to reduce the number to 10 if the outbreak isn't contained and people don't complying.

No one wants to see fines issued - but breaches can’t be tolerated - as the virus could arrive in our part of the world, before anyone even feels sick or gets tested. A lot of people can be infected before we even know the virus has arrived. Then it’s simply too late. Our vulnerable residents may not survive.

30 people is the limit. If people ignore this new rule, it could see this reduced to 10 people, and fines issued. There is no excuse for a few individuals to risk the health and safety of many.

The communication phase of this change is complete. Compliance is now the focus.

Remember - exceed 30 people in one place and fines apply - up to $13,300 and 6 months jail.

DO NOT PLAN PARTIES ABOVE 30 people.

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