Australians To Cop Huge Fines If They Do Not Self Isolate
Queenslanders are being urged to stop hugging and kissing and the premier has warned plane arrivals they face being fined if they don't self-isolate.
From Monday all people coming to Australia will have to self-isolate for 14 days, while cruise ships will be banned from arriving at Australian ports for an initial 30 days.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday that laws were in place to deal with those who fail to follow a direction to self-isolate.
"In relation to legislation around that ... it's under our Public Health Emergency Act," she said.
"That bill was passed in early February and there are penalties for not complying with the notification and that is around $13,000. We have random police checks to make sure people are compliant with that notice."
The warning came as Queensland had its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases, taking the number of people detected with the COVID-19 to 61.
There were 15 people confirmed on Sunday as having contracted the virus.
People were also being discouraged from kissing, hugging or even shaking hands.
"We are asking Queenslanders, when you are out and about no hand shaking ... and no kissing or hugging in public. Let's all minimise the risk," the premier said.
Queensland's chief health officer warned that now may not be the time for children to visit their grandparents.
"I implore people if you have parents ... or grandparents in that older age group think about how you can help them. Maybe it's not the time for your young kids to see their grandparents," she said.