Video: Victoria Police issue 93 infringements for Melbourne party-goers (Sky News Australia)
A pair of covidiots have been busted travelling from regional Victoria to Melbourne to go to a strip club – despite non-essential services being shut down since July.
The men were intercepted by Victoria Police at a vehicle checkpoint in the Macedon Ranges, north of Melbourne, and fined for entering a Stage Four restricted area.
They told police they had gone to the city to ‘attend a strip club’ but had not realised no such venues were open when they arrived in Melbourne.
They were among 82 people who were fined in the last 24 hours for breaching the directions of the Chief Health Officer.
Of those, 13 people were fined after failing to wear a face mask when leaving their homes and 11 fines were issued at vehicle checkpoints.
One woman was fined after she exited an Uber in Port Phillip, south Melbourne, and had no lawful reason to be 5km from her home in Cranbourne.
A woman from Melton, west Melbourne, was also checked on board a train travelling into the city and told police she was going to buy organic food.
She was fined after having no lawful reason for travelling 5km from home.
Coronavirus fines in Victoria include $200 for not wearing a face covering in public and up to $1,652 for stay-at-home order breaches.
Premier Daniel Andrews increased fines for those who flout the restrictions on gatherings from $1,652 to $4,957 on Monday.
Melbourne remains under a strict lockdown and people are only able to gather in maximum groups of five, from two households.
A variety of restrictions have been eased, including the harsh 9pm to 5am curfew.
Melburnians still need to keep to the 1.5m social distancing rule and wear the compulsory facemasks.
Victoria recorded eight new coronavirus cases and three deaths on Saturday.