A group of Townsville-based Australian Army soldiers were fined for attending a party over the Easter weekend, the Australian Defence Force has confirmed.
An ADF spokesperson would not say how many people were involved but said a “small number” were found to have not complied with isolation restrictions.
The state’s disaster coordinator added that the group was not exempt to the rules.
“(They were treated the) same as any other member of the community, including all of us who work in government,” Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.
“If people don’t comply with the chief health officer’s directions, we will investigate and take action as appropriate.”
The ADF said the individuals involved may also be subject to further disciplinary action.
“Defence takes any reports of personnel not complying with COVID-19 guidelines seriously,” the spokesperson said.
“Defence personnel involved will be subject to disciplinary investigation under the Defence Force Discipline Act, which may include administrative or disciplinary action.
“Defence will continue to fully cooperate with the Queensland Police Service regarding this matter.”
In Townsville, police issued 24 fines of more than $1300 each to people found flouting social-distancing restrictions over the Easter weekend.
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