Victoria Police has publicly shamed some of the reasons Victorians have breached the stage three lockdown restrictions, saying it is “fed up with the appalling behaviour”.
Speaking alongside Premier Daniel Andrews, Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville said that, while the majority of people were doing the right thing, a small number of people had ventured out for seemingly bizarre reasons given the current climate.
“I want to say the overwhelming majority of Victorians every day are doing the right thing … however, we are still continuing to see appalling behaviour that I know Victorians themselves are fed up with and Victoria Police are fed up with,” Ms Neville said.
“Can I be really clear, just in case there is any doubt at all, that there is absolutely no reason or need to drive from Melbourne to Wodonga to have a Big Mac. That is one of the fines that was issued yesterday.”
A fine was also issued to a Victorian who was caught driving from Melbourne to Ballarat for “fresh air”. Others travelled from Werribee out to Springvale to buy groceries, and a man was fined for driving from Thornbury to Werribee to get a haircut from his favourite barber.
“I think there is no question when Victoria Police pull people over they are aware of the rules but have made a decision to breach, blatantly breach the Chief Health Officer’s directives,” Ms Neville said.
Further fines were dished out to a group who hosted an AirBnB party, and patrons and staff of a brothel that had continued operations.
Of the more than 25,000 checks conducted in the past 24 hours, Victoria police handed out 168 fines, including 31 to people not wearing a face covering when leaving home — many of whom refused to accept a mask offered by police.
Premier Daniel Andrews conceded that the reinstated restrictions are frustrating for Victorians, but applauded the vast majority who were doing the right thing.
“I want to thank every single Victorian who while not enjoying this experience in any way, while being frustrated, you are still doing the right thing,” Mr Andrews said.