Mayor Clare Stewart has responded after two teens were taken into police custody in Noosa on Monday afternoon.
Mayor Clare Stewart has responded after two teens were taken into police custody in Noosa on Monday afternoon.

‘Do not panic’: Mayor responds to teen’s border breaches

Do not panic.

That is the clear message from Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart after two teens were detained by police at a Noosa shopping centre for crossing the Queensland border from a COVID-19 hotspot without quarantining.

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Cr Stewart had the utmost faith in the police and the health authorities, and she reminded the community not to jump to any conclusions.

"Do not panic," she said.

Noosa Civic COVID-19 scare: Video taken at Noosa Civic shows a number of closed businesses after police took two girls into custody who had travelled to the Sunshine Coast from a COVID-19 hotspot without quarantining.
Noosa Civic COVID-19 scare: Video taken at Noosa Civic shows a number of closed businesses after police took two girls into custody who had travelled to the Sunshine Coast from a COVID-19 hotspot without quarantining.

"There is no need to panic in any way.

"All that we know is they have been taken in for testing."

Cr Stewart said it was a good reminder to all Noosa residents that we are not immune from COVID, and to continue practising good hygiene standards.

"We as a community must continue to be vigilant," she said.

Noosa made national headlines in March when Hastings St restaurant Sails became one of Australia's first COVID hot spots.

If the two teenage girls return positive COVID tests, it could be extremely damaging to the Noosa region.

On possible repercussions for the two teens, the Cr Stewart said it was not her place to make comment.

"I am not abreast or fully aware of the circumstances," she said.

"Police and health officials have it under control."