‘Selfish’ Victorians who go to work while they have coronavirus will be hit with $20,000 in fines – while those who breach lockdown will have to pay $4,957
- Victorians who breach coronavirus quarantine will be hit with a $4,957 fine
- The fine was announced as Victoria recorded 439 coronavirus cases on Tuesday
- Daniel Andrews said number of Victorians were not self-isolating when required
Victorians who breach coronavirus quarantine will be hit with a $4,957 infringement, while repeat offenders could face a $20,000 fine.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the harsh penalties as the state recorded 439 new COVID-19 infections and 11 deaths on Tuesday.
Mr Andrews said the $4,957 infringement is the ‘largest on-the-spot fine on the statute books in Victoria’.
He was forced to bring in the extreme penalty because a number of Victorians were failing to self-isolate when required.
Victorians who breach quarantine will have to pay a fine of almost $5,000. Pictured: A man speaks to police outside Flinders Street Station on Monday
‘Ultimately a $5,000 on-the-spot fine and that will be particularly for those who breach their isolation orders,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘If you are supposed to be at home and you are not, then you face the prospect of a fine of up to $5,000.’
Mr Andrews said Victorians who continue to break the rules could be taken to court and fined up to $20,000.
‘If there were repeat breaches, if there were particularly selfish behaviour like, for instance, going to work when you had the virus, then there is the alternative pathway and that is, of course, taking you to the Magistrates Court,’ he said.
‘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.’
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the harsh penalties as the state recorded 439 new coronavirus infections and 11 deaths on Tuesday
Victorians already face $1,652 fines for refusing or failing to comply with the public health order.
Wearing a face mask is also mandatory in Victoria and failure to comply is punishable with a $200 on-the-spot fine.
The Department of Health and Human Services conducted more than 3,000 door knocks of people who had been instructed to isolate at home on Monday, and in 800 of those cases, the person was not at home.
In response, Mr Andrews announced changes, now banning people instructed to stay at home to leave their houses for any reason – even for daily exercise.
A police car is seen outside Flinders Street Station after a citywide curfew is introduced in Melbourne on Sunday
Up to 1,500 police officers will be brought in to enforce the quarantine and visit Victorians who are required to be at home.
‘You will be doorknocked. You will be visited. If you’re not at home you will be fined,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘The fine is $1,652 but there’s an opportunity for police to fine you on the spot $5,000 and for particularly selfish behaviour, the opportunity to take you to court where the maximum penalty is, in fact, $20,000.’
Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the ‘window for discretion’ has now closed and warnings will no longer be issued.
Victoria’s death toll has now risen to 147 and the national figure has reached 232. All of the 11 deaths on Tuesday are linked to outbreaks in aged care facilities.
NEW CRACKDOWN FOR VICTORIAN ISOLATION BREACHES
* A fine of $4957 for failing to self-isolate for a second or subsequent time – the highest on-the-spot penalty available to Victoria Police
* Police can also take offenders to court, where they face a fine of up to $20,000
* People who have tested positive or who are close contacts can no longer leave their homes for exercise
* An additional 250 sworn officers joining Operation Sentinel, which polices Victoria’s coronavirus rules
* More than 500 ADF personnel and 300 authorised officers are joining Operation Vestige, which is the door-knocking of people who have tested positive or are close contacts to ensure they are self-isolating
* More than 4000 home visits every day from next week
* Of about 3000 door knocks so far, in more than 800 cases the person supposed to be isolating was not at home
* As part of the stage-four lockdown, from midnight Wednesday workers in permitted industries who cannot work from home must carry a signed permit when travelling to and from their jobs
* People already can be fined $1652 in Victoria for breaking coronavirus rules and $200 for not wearing a mask in public.
Police and soldiers speak to locals as they patrol the Dockland areas of Melbourne on Sunday