In a drastic move to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Western Australia, the McGowan Government has assembled a 200 officers enforcement group to ensure the compliance of quarantine orders.
The group’s task is to make sure those who’ve been directed to self-isolate 14 days to comply with the order, and enforce gathering bans during the State Of Emergency.
The squad is assembled from officers in different areas within the police force, 60 newly recruit officers also joined the group after a two week fast track to join the frontline.
A team of detectives has been allocated to trace and track the whereabouts for those who cannot be found.
Those who don’t follow the rules will face a $1000 fine for individuals and $5000 for businesses, with legislation to be introduced to State Parliament next week.
“This is about saving lives and protecting the community. People need to understand that this is serious. If you have been directed to self-isolate, then you must self-isolate. There are no excuses,”
“The Government is throwing everything it has at this and we are doing so because that’s the best way to safeguard the community.”
“I just urge people to do the right thing by your family, by your neighbours and by your fellow Western Australians.”
Police Minister Michelle Roberts says it’s “regrettable that we have to get police babysit people”, as too many citizens ignore the rules.
“While our police and healthcare workers are working day and night to beat this thing, it’s not too much to ask for people to stay home,” she said.
Although the maximum penalty of $50,000 for individuals still apply under the Emergency Management Act, on-the-spot fines will permit WA Police to issue the fines without having to go through the courts.
Police have so far responded 1000 tasks related to the Covid19, which includes checks for those who need to self-isolate.