Australians Fined 26,000 Dollars for Defying Lockdown by Celebrating Birthday

Marco Green
July 11, 2020

"It is an expensive night when you think apart from the KFC, we have issued 16 infringements at that amount, that is $26,000 that birthday party is costing them", Police Chief Commissioner Patton said.

The state has recorded another 288 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the largest daily increase in cases in Australia since the pandemic began.

"That is ridiculous that type of behaviour", he said.

Ambulance personnel were getting a meal at a Dandenong KFC about 1.30am and noticed two people ordering 20 meals.

The officers obtained the registration of the vehicle used by those people, which they followed to a townhouse, Patton said.

Police said two people were "asleep" but 16 others were caught hiding in the backyard after they received their KFC meals.

The infringements were among 60 fines issued to people over a 24-hour period for breaching the recent orders of the state's chief health officer.

He said the fines totalled $26,000.

The Victoria Police Sex Industry Coordination Unit issued fines to four people found in an apartment in Glen Waverley.

Following a brief chat with the pair, paramedics alerted police who received the number plate and stumbled upon an illegal house party with 16 people.

A couple from Docklands who tried to visit their holiday house on Phillip Island at 1:30am on Friday were also fined.

"They were turned away at one checkpoint and given a warning, and then attempted to re-route before being stopped at a second vehicle checkpoint", police said in a statement.

"The Chief Health Officer has now given us the clear advice that wearing facemasks makes a tangible difference when it comes to reducing the transmission of coronavirus within the community - and that is why we are issuing this new recommendation", Andrews said.

"I would appeal to every single Victorian. The only way for us to bring stability to these numbers is for all of us to stay at home".

The restrictions in Victoria, which affect 32 areas in the state, allow residents to leave their homes for food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, exercise and recreation, and study and work if they can not do it from home. People are also advised to wear masks in public. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits.

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