Melburnians will be slugged almost $5000 if caught trying to sneak into regional Victoria under a tough new penalty.
The $4957 fine will apply to any adult who tries to travel out of the city without a lawful excuse.
Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent said the fine was designed to deter people from Melbourne attempting to run the gauntlet.
Melburnians will be fined almost $5000 if caught trying to sneak into regional Victoria. Pictured: Victoria Police and ADF personnel work at a roadside checkpoint near Donnybrook, Melbourne, on Wednesday
‘We do not want regional and rural communities to be put at risk by Melbourne metropolitan people,’ he told reporters on Wednesday.
‘We don’t want the virus to spread again.’
Mr Nugent said police would be checking more vehicles at roadblocks out of the city, inevitably leading to long delays.
‘We’ll be checking every vehicle that is towing a caravan, a camper trailer or towing a boat or a jet ski, or that has a surfboard or fishing rods,’ he said.
On Wednesday, Victoria recorded eight new coronavirus deaths and 42 infections. The state’s active cases dropped below 1,000.
Melbourne will remain stuck in its Stage Four coronavirus restrictions until September 28, despite hitting a key roadmap milestone.
A police officer speaks to a motorist near Donnybrook in Melbourne on Wednesday
The city’s 14-day new case average fell below 50 on Wednesday for the first time, to 49.6.
Average new cases must sit in the 30-50 bracket before the government will consider easing Melbourne’s restrictions and, under the roadmap, that is scheduled for September 28.
Premier Daniel Andrews said it would take a lot more than one good statistic.
‘The fact that we are in the 30-to-50 band should be a point of pride, absolutely,’ he said on Wednesday.
‘But we are making an assessment, not today … but for a decent period, for a significant period.’
The $4,957 fine will apply to any adult who tries to travel out of the city without a lawful excuse. Pictured: ADF personnel are seen at a checkpoint in Melbourne on Wednesday