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Australia Coronavirus in Victoria: What you need to know about self-isolation crackdown and $20,000 fines

12:15  04 august  2020
12:15  04 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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New coronavirus rules, with harsher penalties for breaches, will now apply to Victorians who are instructed by authorities to self-isolate.

They come after 3,000 official doorknocks of people who were supposed to be self-isolating revealed that more than 800 were not at home.

So, here's what you need to know about the tougher laws which carry fines of up to $20,000 if broken.

Self-isolating Victorians can't go out to exercise

Until now, people who were told to self-isolate after coming in contact with COVID-19 could go outside for daily exercise.

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Victorians who are not at home after being instructed to self -isolate will face on-the-spot fines of ,957, and up to $ 20 , 000 for repeat breaches. "I would hope that it would be, yes, in single figures but we need to see how we go over the next couple of What you need to know about coronavirus

"Exemptions need to be closed as much as possible, because we need to keep our communities safe," she said. The trio have since been urgently tested for coronavirus . "It's really, really disappointing that given where Victoria is at the moment and we all know what's happening there, that people in

But given the recent spike in cases in greater Melbourne, they are now required to stay at home at all times.

Premier Daniel Andrews said that a handful of infected Victorians had flouted the rules to use their workouts as a cover for other activities.

"They were at no point getting exercise … they were doing something else, and I apologise to those who were doing the right thing," Mr Andrews said.

"From now, there will be no exercise.

"If you are supposed to be isolating at home, you will need to stay in your home or on your property."

Residents of Melbourne, who aren't in quarantine or self-isolating, are allowed to go outside once a day, within 5 kilometres of their homes, to exercise for up to an hour.

Door-to-door checks will be stepped up

By next week, there will be 4,000 household visits by authorities every day.

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An additional 500 Australian Defence Force troops will be joined by 750 Victoria Police officers, plus 300 extra health officials, for widespread checks across the state.

They want to ensure that those issued with stay-at-home orders are remaining in their residences, rather than sneaking out.

"That team is growing substantially and that means every single positive case will be door-knocked multiple times, random and repeated doorknocks," Mr Andrews said.

"All close contacts will also be visited on the same basis [with] those doorknocks. You are expected to be found at home."

Fines to be increased to up to $20,000

Any Victorian found breaching isolation rules while infected will face "the largest on-the-spot fine" in the state's history.

Mr Andrews announced that a penalty of $4,957 will now apply to those who defy stay-at-home orders for a second time.

He said that a single fine could rise to $20,000 if someone infected knowingly goes to work with COVID-19 — and the case goes to court.

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"There is the alternative pathway and that is, of course, taking you to the Magistrates' Court, where the maximum penalty that can be applied to you is $20,000.

"We don't want it to come to that. We want people to be where they are supposed to be."

Mask wearing is now mandatory across Victoria, with a penalty of $200 for failing to do so.

Victoria Police has issued 161 fines over the past 24 hours, including 60 related to masks.

A growing group of anti-maskers has been "baiting" and antagonising police, with in the Frankston area on Monday night.

"Victoria Police don't want to be issuing these fines but make no mistake — they will if they need to," said Lisa Neville, Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

"It's more important than ever that Victorians do the right thing and follow the directives of the Chief Health Officer."

Permits needed to attend workplaces

New restrictions on business and industry will come into force from 11:59pm on Wednesday.

Employees in permitted industries will be required to carry a 'Worker Permit' when travelling to and from their workplace.

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In Victoria , a squad of 500 police officers is checking on people at home. In all states, police are Moy said people needing to look after children or parents while in self - isolation should maintain good Self - isolation is a requirement for people who have potentially been exposed, are entering Australia

With Melbourne under curfew from 8:00pm to 5:00am each night, checks and enforcement will be carried out on public transport with the support of Protective Services Officers.

"[The Worker Permit] is a piece of paper … your employer fills it out, they sign it … you sign it," Mr Andrews said.

"You carry it with you, and then you're able to demonstrate, so there's not a sense of anxiety or a sense of having to tell your story 17 times."

Reduced travel from Melbourne to regional Victoria

Melbourne, with stage 4 restrictions, is facing more stringent measures than regional Victoria, where there are fewer active COVID-19 cases.

Victoria Police will continue to monitor the border of metropolitan Melbourne to ensure that travel to other parts of the state only happens for permitted reasons.

Booze buses are in place at road stops and checkpoints to monitor traffic flow, and police will continue to use Automatic Number Plate Recognition to scan registration details to identify the addresses of the car owners.

Announcing the tougher measures, Mr Andrews said he was "grateful to every single Victorian who is working with us".

"If we all do the right thing, we will get through this," he said.

"Those doing the wrong thing will cop a fine from Victoria Police, because the only way to beat this deadly virus is if we all follow the rules."

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Victoria records 471 new cases of coronavirus .
Victoria has recorded 471 new cases of coronavirus as Melbourne suffers its fourth day of stage-four lockdown. The figure marks a dramatic decrease from the record 725 cases on Wednesday. Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Thursday afternoon 1,533 of the state's 7,449 active cases were linked to aged care. It comes after government modelling, leaked to The Australian newspaper, reportedly showed that case numbers would hit 1,100 next week and stay at a similar level for a further eight days.

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