We have certainly missed our incredible event season here in the North West. However, with the easing of restrictions we are starting to see some much-welcomed smaller events on our local calendar.
Public gatherings and social occasions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. With more people participating in more activities it is vital we all follow the rules for public gatherings, quarantine and isolation. It is important to keep social distancing, washing your hands and wherever possible remaining 1.5 metres away from non-household members.
Current restrictions for Mount Isa mean you can have a maximum of 30 people in your home, including the members of your household that live there, have a public gathering with a maximum of 30 people.
You must practice physical distancing as much as possible and wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use alcohol-based sanitiser, avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes and wherever possible keep at least 1.5 metres away, two big steps, from people you don't live with.
There are reports of COVID-19 themed hoax text messages and emails notifying people they are a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive case. These messages usually include a link or may ask for personal information including banking or superannuation details.
If you receive one of these messages, delete it and do not click the link or provide personal or financial information. If you are a genuine close contact the Public Health Team will attempt to make contact. To verify if a message received is genuine, call the public health unit closest to you.
If you have already clicked the link, or given personal or financial information to the sender, contact your financial institution immediately for advice. For more information visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Scam watch.
Please refer to the Queensland Government site for the most up to date information and practical tips including changes to how we go about our normal business.
Many policing matters can now be reported online: www.police.qld.gov.au/online/On-Line-Reporting-and-Updates.htm This website also has links to download the free Policelink Smartphone Application.
There is always more information on local policing issues on the Mount Isa myPolice site - subscribe at www.mypolice.qld.gov.au/mountisa .
Read more about crime advice, local crime reporting, and good news stories like the recent success of our Road Safety Week Colouring Competition - many of the entries are on display currently at Mount Isa Plaza, outside of Kmart. Congratulations to everyone who entered. Get down to enjoy the artwork and remember to be COVID-Safe
Mount Isa Officer in Charge,
Snr Sgt Renee Hanrahan