A Brisbane kebab shop has been hit with a massive fine after a large group of people gathered inside the restaurant in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The takeaway store in Fortitude Valley in Queensland was investigated for breaching coronavirus Public Health Directions and was eventually fined more than $6,700.
Footage of the incident surfaced online, with a TikTok video showing people failing to adhere to the square metre rule while dancing inside the takeaway joint.
“Investigators from Taskforce Sierra Linnet commenced inquiries into an incident involving a large amount of people inside the Brunswick Street business around 3am on Sunday morning,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
“Police have today issued a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) to the business for failing to comply with the Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Direction in the amount of $6,772.”
Businesses are allowed to operate amid the pandemic, however in Queensland, the rule of one person per square metre must be maintained.
“1.5 metres pls (please) guys,” the TikTok caption says. The video has amassed over 60,000 likes since being posted on Sunday.
The ordeal attracted much scrutiny, including from Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski.
"That is extremely disappointing, that kind of behaviour," he said on Monday.
"The message to all of those persons - and a lot of them are young people I have to say, so sorry young people - is have a think before you go out and think about the impacts of your not abiding by social distancing in the community and what that means."
Nine News reported Dept Comm Gollschewski said both the kebab shop and the people involved were being investigated.
However, an unnamed staff member from the kebab store told NCA Newswire the gathering wasn’t a party, rather everyone came to the store after visiting the nearby nightclubs.
On Monday, Queenslanders were urged to wear face masks as the cluster connected to Brisbane's Youth Detention Centre in Waco continues to grow.
There are now 18 known active cases of the coronavirus in the state.
The cluster associated with the detention centre triggered a public health alert for 67 locations across the Greater Brisbane region, including Logan and Ipswich.
Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said on Monday she wouldn't make wearing a mask compulsory, but urged people to do so in crowded places.
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