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Australia Jim's Mowing workers are not cleared to breach health orders: Andrews

07:16  05 august  2020
07:16  05 august  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Premier Daniel Andrews has declared Jim’s Mowing to be a non-essential service in response to the gardening business founder’s vow to keep on mowing amid Victoria’s stage four lockdown.

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Among other breaches were a Keilor man on the Surf Coast who admitted he travelled there on Friday to stay at his holiday home, a woman at Southern Cross station attempting to travel to Bendigo, two Also expected to be shut or restricted are hairdressers, which were not shut down last time around.

Among other breaches were a Keilor man on the Surf Coast who admitted he travelled there on Friday to stay at his holiday home, a woman at Southern Cross station attempting to travel to Bendigo, two Also expected to be shut or restricted are hairdressers, which were not shut down last time around.

“They are not permitted workers,” Mr Andrews said.

“Unless of course they are providing emergency work. Lawns are not getting mowed, people are not getting haircuts, we are all making sacrifices. I'm not in anyway wanting to diminish the pain and challenge for that business and those workers."

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Premier Andrews said if Jim’s Mowing founder Jim Penman breached health orders it would become a "matter for Victoria Police".

Mr Penman vowed to defy Victoria’s strict lockdown orders and keep his business running, telling his employees he would pay their fines if they were caught operating.

Mr Penman said it was unlikely however that it would come to fining as he claimed continuing to operate his business was not disobeying the law as the law itself remained unclear.

“This is really tough and I take no pleasure in having to make these really difficult calls but if I don’t make this decisions we won’t drive down the number of people moving around the community and we won’t drive down the number of cases and indeed the number of people who are dying,” the Premier said.

“Lawns are not getting mown, people are not getting haircuts, we are all making sacrifices.

He said the matter of responding to employees who continued to work would be left to Victoria Police.

“Short of not following the advice of our experts this is the only option we have,” he said.

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