Australia Bunnings won't back down over anti-maskers in Victoria stores

04:07  28 july  2020
04:07  28 july  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Panic buying for face masks as deadline nears

  Panic buying for face masks as deadline nears Melbourne stores are facing a rush for face masks before they are made compulsory from Thursday. All residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must wear masks outside their homes as of 11.59pm on Wednesday or risk receiving a $200 fine.The measure has triggered a spate of panic buying in shops and some retailers have introduced limited purchases of masks across Victoria.Woolworths is now allowing only one pack per customer, Aldi two packs, while Bunnings has restricted masks to 50 per customer as authorities warn retailers against price gouging.

Anti - maskers blatantly breaching the directive to wear a face covering and then bragging about it on social media have been slammed by one of Victoria ’s top cops who said they would continue to arrest people for failing to Victoria Police slams ‘ Bunnings Karen’ and Melbourne mask-wearing dodgers.

Meantime, Victoria has recorded another rise in its numbers with 532 new cases and six deaths. five of those. In aged care facilities where the virus has now taken a stronghold and where mortality rates are at their highest, the state's chief medical officer listing the numbers in each of the homes to groom

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Bunnings says it will not tolerate anti-maskers in some of its Victorian stores and will refer belligerent customers to police.

The hardware giant has found itself in the middle of a no face mask debate after a video of a woman who refused to wear one in the store went viral over the weekend.

Bunnings Managing Director Mike Schneider today said any suggestion some stores in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire had backed down over face mask rules was patently false.

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  Do you have a right to not wear a mask? Can police detain people for breaches of government directions? Do Victorians have legally enforceable civil rights not to wear a mask?At the outset of the pandemic, the government declared a state of emergency. It invoked section 198 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and conferred on Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton emergency powers to make directions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he or his delegates saw fit. The powers, still in effect, are broad and include restrictions on movement and, now, compulsory masks in public.

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Anti - maskers are refusing to give police their name and details and are adamant they are not breaking the law. In Victoria people caught not wearing a mask risk getting fined 0. It comes as a woman sparked outrage over the weekend after refusing to wear a mask inside a Bunnings store .

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"Regardless of what some people have said online, we make no apologies for following the advice of the Chief Health Officer in order to keep everyone in our stores safe," he said in statement to 9News.

"And to those who are claiming we have backed down from enforcing these rules and apologised, let me be clear: we haven't and won't. And any representations that we have are false.

"We won't tolerate abuse against our team members and any customers who do not respect the hard work of our team will be denied entry - and if needed will be referred to Victoria Police."

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Mr Schneider said some there had been a "couple of disappointing incidents" of customers refusing to wear masks over the weekend.

All customers must wear a face mask or face covering if they visit a Bunnings store or Trade Centre in metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire, he said.

The Bunnings boss said exceptions would only be made for children aged under 12 and customers with valid medical reasons.Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was yesterday left exasperated by anti-mask "conspiracy theorists" while reporting the state's new daily total of 532 cases, its worst 24-hour period.

The woman in the Bunnings face mask video claimed the store was breaching her human rights.

Mr Andrews labelled the behaviour of people making such claims as "appalling".

"Seriously, one more comment about human rights – honestly - it is about human life," he said.

"If we continue with this stuff, standing in the carpark of Bunnings reading whatever nonsense you have pulled up from some obscure website … their views have no basis in science or fact or law."

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The Melbourne man filmed himself arguing with officers inside a 7-Eleven service station in Sunshine just before the 8pm curfew on Tuesday night. After repeatedly ignoring orders and ranting about his rights, the video was abruptly cut short when a policeman grabbed his phone and placed him under arrest.

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