Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that from midnight tonight a regional business who consciously fails to check their customers are not from metropolitan Melbourne could face a fine of up to $9,913.
This announcement comes following the outbreak that occurred in Kilmore after an infected resident from metropolitan Melbourne travelled 60 kilometres north of Melbourne and dined in at a cafe for a meal.
Premier, Daniel Andrew’s stated that “With these changes, we’re giving regional businesses the confidence that they are doing everything they can to keep their staff and customers safe.”
The Government has advised that regional businesses who do the right thing but are misled by someone intent on breaking the rules will not be fined under the changes. Instead, individuals found deliberately ignoring the restrictions will risk a fine of $1,652. Melbournians who are found in regional Victoria without a valid reason face fines of up to $4,957.
Mr Andrews said metropolitan residents could only go to regional Victoria for lawful reasons. However, metropolitan rules travelled with metropolitan residents, meaning someone who lives in Melbourne but works in regional Victoria could get a takeaway coffee but not dine in.
The Government also advised that the state of emergency and the state of disaster will also be extended from 11:59 pm on 11 October 2020 until 11:59 pm on 8 November.