Roma police officers have been deployed to Mungindi and Hebel since late March.
Roma police officers have been deployed to Mungindi and Hebel since late March.

More than 100 people refused entry into state by Roma police

ROMA police officers have worked alongside the Australian Defence Force to support statewide border restrictions, intercepting more than 10,000 vehicles.

Officers from the entire Roma Patrol Group, including Roma Station have been deployed to Mungindi and Hebel since late March in support of the statewide border restrictions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Inspector Ray Vine from the Roma Patrol Group confirmed police are working in partnership with the Australian Defence Force to manage border restrictions and ensure compliance with the Chief Health Officer directives.

"Since the commencement of the border operations, we have intercepted more than 10,000 vehicles containing almost 15,000 people," he said.

"We have issued 14 interstate COVID hotspot isolation directions, 195 self-quarantine directions and declined entry to 113 persons.

"As travel and movement restrictions continue to ease we will see an increase of travellers coming to our region and I would encourage everyone to make these visitors feel welcome, as their business will drive our recovery.

"The easing of restrictions is based on expert medical advice and locals should feel confident and comfortable with the rules in place."

He applauded the Roma community and their COVID-19 compliance, with no fines or warnings needed to be issued lately.

"As new directives are implemented, police will continue to monitor compliance," he said.

"Police are visiting several premises in town to conduct community engagement and talking to businesses to ensure they're on board with COVID-19 checklists."

Inspector Vine said he would like to reiterate that everyone needed to continue to practise social distancing and good hygiene as the restrictions ease.


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