Melbourne Man Fined $1,652 For Driving 30km To Get A Butter Chicken
People in locked down parts of Victoria are getting used to life as a hermit again.
They have been told to stay in their local area and do all their shopping, essential visits, exercise and work there for the next five weeks. It's in response to thousands of new coronavirus cases that have been recorded over the past several weeks.
While the message has been heard far and wide, it's clear that some people still aren't really getting the idea of staying in their neighbourhoods.
One bloke has copped a $1,652 fine for driving a little more than 30kms from Werribee to Melbourne's inner suburbs for a meal.
But it wasn't just any meal. It was a butter chicken.
Why in the world would you have to drive that far for an Indian meal is beyond us, but police weren't very happy when they saw the man outside his local area.
He was one of 74 people who were issued fines in a 24 hour period over the weekend. Victoria Police say they performed a whopping 13,486 vehicle checks, which saw them hand out 10 infringements to drivers not following directions.
While there have been dozens who have done the wrong thing, the Premier says thankfully the majority of people are heeding the warnings.
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Daniel Andrews says police aren't mucking around during this second round of lockdowns.
"The vast majority of people are doing the right thing and I am so, so grateful to them and they want to give all of them the praise that they have earned," Mr Andrews said.
"They are absolutely doing a fantastic job. They know it's frustrating, and it is difficult."
He recently announced that from Thursday it will be mandatory for people to wear face masks in locked down parts of the state.
It will apply to those in the Melbourne metro and Mitchell Shire areas and will be required for everyone above the age of 12. Anyone who doesn't follow the rules will cop a $200 fine.
It doesn't have to be a proper surgical face mask, as authorities say you can use a scarf or other type of face covering.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton. said: "That is in recognition that it's likely to work for all of those age groups. Below the age of 12, it's a consideration. We say not for toddlers - so not two years and below - but it's a consideration for all other children.
"But it is mandatory, really, from that high school age onwards."
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