Qld schools to open amid COVID breaches

By | May 4, 2020

Students in Kindergarten, prep and year 1, as well as students in years 11 and 12 will be back in the classroom full-time from May 11, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed on Monday.

Schools are expected to be fully operational by May 25.

It comes as Queensland recorded just three more cases of COVID-19, from people who had recently returned from London, Los Angeles and an overseas cruise ship.

Their diagnoses takes the state’s total to 1038 confirmed cases.

The schools announcement is yet another step in the push to ease restrictions imposed around the state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cafes and restaurants will come next, along with a shift from home offices back to downtown desks.

“Once our schools are back, we can absolutely then focus on getting our economy back,” Ms Palaszczuk added.

“We can focus on people back into work, we can focus on the cafes and restaurants, we can focus on mining developments.

“We know this is going to have a devastating impact if we don’t act.”

Over the weekend, people were free to travel up to 50km from their home to shop, visit a park or go to the drive-in.

However, they could only move about with members of their household and social distancing measures had to be maintained.

But police ended up issuing 146 fines for breaches and found evidence of “reckless and terrible behaviour”.

Officers handed out 25 fines to people in their 20s at the Carrara Airbnb home for breaching COVID-19 social distancing regulations.

Five people were at both parties.

“We were incredibly disappointed the first time because we’ve given the message out tens of thousands of times that you can’t have parties, that you can’t congregate in large groups,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“To go back a second time I think we were all in disbelief. Completely unacceptable.”

The partygoers received a total of $ 33,350 in fines.

Commissioner Carroll said she was also disappointed to see hundreds of people had crowded Burleigh Heads beach on Sunday evening.

She said police would be patrolling the area and erecting barricades to enforce social distancing on Monday.

Australian Associated Press

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