Melbourne man is abused in small town after locals spot a giveaway bumper sticker – after the village was slammed for its packed street market
- Crowds swarmed to Daylesford market, northwest of Melbourne, on Sunday
- Victoria’s COVID-19 cases surged by 75 on Sunday- the biggest rise since March
- Photos shared online showed market-goers flouting social distancing measures
- One visitor was abused over an Essendon sticker on the back of his Mazda
- It comes as politicians warn lockdown will be reinstated if cases continue to rise
A shopper who attended a packed street market has been a abused by locals after a bumper sticker on his car gave away where he was from.
Hundreds of Victorians travelled to a market in Daylesford, 112km northwest of Melbourne, and flouted social distancing measures on Sunday.
Mark, one of the weekend visitors, was approached by a local woman and asked to leave when she spotted his Essendon Mazda bumper sticker.
A Melbourne man was abused by a local woman in Daylesford, 112km northwest of Melbourne, after she spotted the Essendon Mazda sticker (pictured) on the bumper of his car
Crowds were pictured swarming Daylesford market on Sunday- the same day Victoria witnessed a 75 new cases of COVID-19, the biggest jump since March
‘She proceeded to say to me: “Go back to Essendon”,’ Mark told 7NEWS.
‘We don’t even live in Essendon,’ he explained.
Essendon has three active coronavirus cases reported at schools but is not considered one of Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotspots.
Mark said the experience had put ‘a sour taste’ in his mouth.
Pictures of shoppers crowding the Daylesford market emerged on Monday as Melbourne continues to battle against a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Victoria has recorded case numbers surged by 75 on Sunday, 71 on Monday and 64 on Tuesday – an extra 210 cases in just three days – in the biggest jump in cases since the state was locked down in March.
Experts say the spike should be immediately stamped out with politicians on guard to reimpose strict lockdown conditions in the worst suburbs if cases are not immediately controlled.
Photos shared across social media showed Victorians flouting social distancing regulations as they browsed through stalls
The images shared on social media showed Victorians standing shoulder-to-shoulder browsing the stalls, in clear breach of social distancing recommendations.
Labor MP for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, expressed her ‘disappointment’ at the scenes in her electorate.
‘I was shocked and very disappointed to see these photos on social media over the weekend,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘Scenes like this in Daylesford are completely unacceptable, and while visitors are welcome you must follow the rules.’
‘I have spoken to Council today and am ready to help as needed.’
Ms Thomas said in response, the Council had begun working with Victoria police and the Department of Health and Human Service to prevent future incidents.
‘Once again, to locals and visitors alike, please please use common sense,’ she added.
‘Keep your distance and wash your hands. And if you see a crowd don’t join it, walk away and protect your health and that of your loved ones.’
The images (one pictured) were shared on Facebook by Labor MP Mary-Anne Thomas, with many commentators expressing outrage over market-goers deliberately ignoring safety directives
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,920
New South Wales: 3,203
Western Australia: 611
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,920
The images provoked outraged comments, with some calling for markets to be closed.
‘I can’t believe how arrogant people are, we’ve been told what not to do and these idiots just go along their merry way with no consideration for anyone else!’ one person wrote.
‘It’s people like this that is going to put us further back so no one can leave their home!’
Others said market organisers had put safety directives in place, but they were being ignored by the vast majority of attendees.
‘Following the rules is so easy and so important. I know market organisers work so hard to try and ensure the rules are observed. They then get blamed when people ignore the rules,’ someone else said.
Locals from other surrounding Victorian towns, such as Woodend, Malmsbury and Kyneton, said they had witnessed similar disregard for social distancing rules since restrictions were eased last month.
‘I live off one of the tracks coming from Camels Hump in Mt. Macedon,’ a man added.
‘The conduct of many visitors has left a lot to be desired. Absolutely no adherence to social distancing. Hoards of people up and down the tiny tracks.’
An elderly man is tested on Saturday in Melbourne. Plans to reopen state borders in WA, SA, NSW, VIC, and ACT have been shelved amid the spike in Victoria