A Queensland woman has been charged after allegedly assaulting police, trying to bite them and strangling a dog when she was asked to wear a mask in a supermarket.
Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said while the majority of Queenslanders were following public health directions, some were refusing to comply.
He said one person was given an on-the-spot fine for not wearing a mask in Howard, near Hervey Bay, and another was arrested in the South Burnett region, about 100km west of the Sunshine Coast.
"When challenged by police for not wearing a mask in an IGA in Nanango, (she allegedly) took it upon herself to seriously assault police, attempt to bite them, and strangle a dog," he said.
The woman, from the South Burnett, has been charged with animal cruelty, serious assault on police officers, and disobeying public health directions.
Mr Gollschewski said assaulting police enforcing public health directions would not be tolerated, and that masks were mandatory in select public spaces.
"We've seen some very good compliance in a number of areas in relation to masks," he said.
"The message goes to all Queenslanders, not just those in higher density areas, you are required to wear masks under certain conditions."
Yesterday, police gave out 172 masks to members of the public not following the new rules, he said.
"Those that do the wrong thing wilfully should expect to be fined," the deputy commissioner said.