Victoria Police hand out 156 fines for breaching coronavirus lockdown

Donuts, parties and a serious case of the munchies: The latest bizarre excuses for breaking Victoria’s lockdown – as a NSW border bubble resident is found 100km away after abusing special X-Pass

  • Victoria Police fined 156 residents for breaching lockdown in a 24-hour period 
  • A woman in Melbourne told police she was going to by donuts after midnight 
  • Melbourne is in Stage 4 lockdown and is subject to a curfew from 8pm to 5am 

A woman who broke Stage 4 lockdown curfew in Melbourne to buy donuts is one of the latest Victorians to be hit with a $1,652 fine.

Victoria Police on Wednesday morning revealed 156 residents had been fined for breaching the chief health officer’s directions in the past 24 hours. 

There were 22 infringements of handed to Victorians who failed to wear a face covering when leaving the home without an exemption, while 46 were hit with a fine for curfew breaches.

Police also checked 17,298 cars at vehicle checkpoints, and 16 of those people were fined. 

Victoria Police on Wednesday morning revealed 156 residents had been fined for breaching the chief health officer's directions in the past 24 hours (pictured, police at Flinders Street)

Victoria Police on Wednesday morning revealed 156 residents had been fined for breaching the chief health officer’s directions in the past 24 hours (pictured, police at Flinders Street)

A woman who broke Stage 4 lockdown curfew in Melbourne to buy donuts is one of the latest Victorians to be hit with a $1,652 fine (stock image)

A woman who broke Stage 4 lockdown curfew in Melbourne to buy donuts is one of the latest Victorians to be hit with a $1,652 fine (stock image)

In one example of a breach, police said a woman was pulled over in Carlton, in Melbourne’s inner-north, at 12.45am after she was seen driving without her headlights on.

The woman was asked why she was driving and told police she was going to a convenience store to buy some donuts.

In another instance, police said a drunk man was found sitting in the passenger seat of a car at 4am and told officers he had just come from a party at his friend’s house.

Multiple residents across Metropolitan Melbourne were caught leaving their homes during curfew to buy fast food, police said. 

Metropolitan Melbourne is in Stage 4 lockdown and residents are subject to a curfew from 8pm to 5am. The rest of Victoria is in Stage 3 lockdown. 

Victorians are handed a $200 fine for failing to cover their face when outside and can be hit with a $1,652 infringement for breaching stay at home orders.

In the 24-hour period, Victoria Police conducted 4,474 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state.

In Queensland, a 50-year-old woman was issued with a fine after she travelled 1,000km to Mackay from Tweed Heads in New South Wales, despite only having a pass to enter border towns.

A woman has been fined after travelling 1000km from the NSW Queensland border (pictured, on August 7)

A woman has been fined after travelling 1000km from the NSW Queensland border (pictured, on August 7)

The woman, who had a Border X-Pass which allowed her to go over the border locally, was pulled over for a roadside breath test at about 9.30pm on Monday.    

On Wednesday, Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police have seen ‘some disappointing behaviour’ of motorists.

‘There was an intercept at a random breath test in Mackay in the last 24 hours where a person with an X-Pass that only allows them to go within the border bubble was found in Mackay,’ he said.

‘So that person has been issued with an on-the-spot fine and also placed into quarantine.’

Mackay is more than an 11-hour drive north of the NSW-QLD border.    

Police patrol Swanston Street in Melbourne's CBD during the 8pm-5am curfew (pictured)

Police patrol Swanston Street in Melbourne’s CBD during the 8pm-5am curfew (pictured)

WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU

State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons

Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 5am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising

Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home 

Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day

Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away 

Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day

Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc

Schools: All students learning from home unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare closed

Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one

Weddings: Completely banned

Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night 

Community sport: All community sport across Victoria is now banned. Only exercise is allowed within the permitted public gathering limits of two people.

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