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In the state of Victoria, people must wear face masks when in public places, but are permitted to go without if they are eating or drinking.
In a viral video recorded in a park in the southern state, an officer can be seen asking to check if there's actually a drink in a man's coffee cup.
The officer asked: "Do you just mind if I check is there's actually anything in it?"
He then grabbed it and gave it a shake, before returning it to the man and encouraging him to 'enjoy his coffee'.
The man then replied: "Thank you. Jesus loves you all. God bless."
The video has been viewed millions of times on social media, with many Aussies highly unimpressed with what they'd seen.
One person commented: "What motivates these people? They live in Australia!! Not North Korea? What kind of a world do they want to live in?"
Another said: "As a tax payer I am relieved this dangerous situation had 5 police officers on hand. Protect & Serve (coffee)?"
A third added: "At least he changed his glove before touching the cup to prevent passing any germs or viruses that may have been on his glove...oh wait...
"Well at least there was coffee in the cup which means that we're all safe."
While another said: "So relieved he's got coffee in there, take that Covid!
"Thanks to the utmost courage and dedication of the cops faced with what could have been an empty cup!"
A Victoria Police spokesperson declined to answer a question about what officers are permitted and directed to do with regard to mask-wearing enforcement.
They told news.com.au: "We don't make the rules. The rules are on the Department of Health website.
"I can't comment on each incident. Each individual incident will be judged on its merits."
Lockdown restrictions in Victoria will change on Friday (22 October), when the state is set to reach a 70 percent vaccination rate.
In metropolitan Melbourne, curfew will end and there will be no more travel limits - although travel to regional Victoria will still not be permitted.
There will no longer be only six reasons people can leave their homes and the hospitality sector will reopen.
All students will attend classrooms part-time, while in regional Victoria, all students will return to school full-time.
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