In a single day, Victoria Police issued 101 fines for breaching the Chief Health Officer coronavirus directives, and a fair few were for not wearing a mask in public.
From 11.59pm on Wednesday, everyone in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire is required to wear face coverings to stop the spread of coronavirus, although there are four reasons why one does not have to wear one.
Of the 101 fines police dished out, 16 were regarding the face covering rule and police offered some of the bizarre reasons people used when approached by police for not following the directive.
One man reportedly told police he believed coronavirus was a “conspiracy theory” when questioned by the police.
“A man who refused to wear a mask and said he wouldn’t be in the future as the rules don’t apply to him,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
Police added one man in Wyndham was not wearing a mask and refused to put one on even after he was provided a mask by police.
According to police a man was issued a fine for travelling from Laverton to Mordialloc, which is about 50km away on either side of the CBD, to buy cigarettes.
A gym owner in Hume was issued a hefty fine of $9,913 for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directives and continuing to operate amid the surge in coronavirus cases.
On Friday, Victoria recorded 300 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 56.
Today, Premier Daniel Andrews said at this stage, the state will not move to stage-four restrictions and he believes the face coverings and masks, along with stage-three restrictions will be effective.
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