1,000 euros. That’s how much the man had to pay when the police caught him in the city in the evening. As of July 23, Melbourne has been curfew from 8pm to 5am. According to our website news.com.au, police said he was helping a friend move a television set and while on the road “he thought he was also going to a fast food place to get a hamburger.”
However, he was not the only one to be fined. In just 24 hours, 76 people broke curfew. The Australians will have to hold on for a while, because the strict regime will last another six weeks.
The stricter measures were announced by Dan Andrews, the Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria. “Only those who work or need urgent medical care can leave the house during that period,” he said.
Other measures are also being tightened up in Melbourne. During the day, residents are allowed to exercise for a maximum of one hour within a radius of five kilometers, group and indoor sports are no longer allowed. Only one person per family is allowed to shop once a day within three miles. In addition, marriages are also temporarily prohibited.
Andrews also declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Victoria from 6 p.m. “This gives the police extra powers to ensure that people comply with the guidelines.”
The rules are also being tightened up in the rest of the state. Restaurants and cafes may only open for take-out and delivery services, distance education is becoming the norm again, group sports are not allowed and almost all leisure activities are closed.
In total there have been more than 12,000 confirmed infections in Victoria since the start of the pandemic, with more than 18,000 across Australia.