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Men claimed at ‘work meeting’ when found with beer and watching TV at Victorian rental and fined

Six mates who told police they were at a ‘work meeting’ when cops found them drinking beer and watching TV at a rental property in Victoria are fined almost $10,000

  • Six mates were caught drinking and watching TV together at a rental property
  • Police checked the house on Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne’s south-east
  • 88 fines were issued across Victoria on Wednesday, most about face masks
  • Victoria announced 723 COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths on Thursday 
  • The figure far exceeds its previous single daily increase in coronavirus cases 
  • From midnight on Sunday, all Victorians will be required to wear a face mask 

A group of mates who were caught drinking beer and watching television together at a rental property in Melbourne have been fined almost $10,000.

Victoria Police issued a total of 88 fines to individuals on Wednesday who have been caught breaching the Chief Health Officer directions.

The six men were found at a short term rental property on the Mornington Peninsula, in Melbourne’s south-east, despite a Stay at Home order being in place.

A group of mates who were caught drinking beer and watching television together at a rental property in Victoria have been fined almost $10,000 (Police leaving an aged care facility on July 29)

Victoria Police issued a total of 88 fines to individuals on Wednesday who have been caught breaching the Chief Health Officer directions

When police arrived the six men told officers they were there for a ‘work related meeting’ but they were found drinking alcohol and watching TV.

The men were each fines $1,652, adding up to a total of $9,912 in fines for the group. 

Officers conducted 21,833 checks on vehicles at checkpoints on main arterial roads and made 5,650 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places.

Of the 88 fines issued on Wednesday, 11 infringements were given at the vehicle checkpoints and 26 were for failing to wear a face mask when leaving home.

A number of fines were issued after people refused to wear a mask even after being offered one from police.

From Thursday every single Victorian will have to wear masks in public or face a $200 fine. 

Police officers arrest an abusive skateboarder who tried to run from the officers as they gave him a move on order for not wearing a facemask and disturbing the peace on July 29

Police officers arrest an abusive skateboarder who tried to run from the officers as they gave him a move on order for not wearing a facemask and disturbing the peace on July 29

ADF personnel work at the Victorian state control center, which is being used for the coronavirus pandemic

ADF personnel work at the Victorian state control center, which is being used for the coronavirus pandemic

Premier Daniel Andrews said from 11.59pm on Sunday the mandatory mask wearing order active in Melbourne for the past week will be applied statewide.

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED IN REGIONAL VICTORIA 

From 11:59pm on Thursday, the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, will no longer be able to visit people or have visitors at home.

From Sunday August 2 at 11:59pm, a face covering will be mandatory for all Victorians whenever they leave home. 

‘It’s inconvenient, it’s challenging, but it’s essentially Stage 4 for Melbourne, and it’s something we can do in regional Victoria without causing significant economic cost, but getting a really significant public health benefit,’ he said. 

It comes as Victoria saw a record-breaking single daily increase in coronavirus cases 723 infections announced on Thursday.

The figure is more than double Wednesday’s 295 infections and far exceeds the state’s previous record of 532 cases on Monday.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced an additional 13 deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 105 and national figure to 189. 

The fatalities are three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s.

Mr Andrews said 10 of the 13 deaths were aged care residents. There are 913 active cases in aged care facilities and a total of 5,885 active cases across the state.

There are 312 Victorians battling coronavirus in hospital and 34 patients are fighting for their lives in intensive care. 

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