‘Do these people think they’re invincible?’ Cops shut down an eight-year-old’s birthday party in Melbourne for breaking social distancing laws
- A child’s birthday party in Melbourne was visited by police on the weekend
- Around 16 guests gathered outside of the home, in breach of social distancing
- Officers were also forced to step in during a basketball game in Yarraville
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Parents have been slammed for brazenly hosting a party for their child’s eighth birthday at their Melbourne home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Images showed at least 16 parents and children standing outside a home in Beaumaris, 20km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, on the weekend.
Some of the party-goers appeared to be breaking the 1.5metre social distancing rule as well as flouting guidelines banning public gatherings of more than two people.
Images showed parents and children standing outside a home in Beaumaris, 20km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, on the weekend
A Victoria Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia officers were aware of the incident but was unable to give further detail
Police arrived at the home after the celebrations had wrapped up.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia officers were aware of the incident but was unable to give further detail.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,619
New South Wales: 2,963
Western Australia: 545
South Australia: 435
Australian Capital Territory: 103
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 6,619
Fifteen people have died in Victoria alone from COVID-19 – including 84-year-old Giuseppe Franzoni.
His daughter-in-law, Patricia Franzoni, issued a plea to people not to risk their lives after having to say goodbye to her loved one on FaceTime.
‘This is a nightmare. We are living an absolute nightmare. Don’t do it. Don’t risk your life for a game of basketball or a birthday party,’ she told Nine News.
‘Do all these people think they are invincible?’
‘They have young children there as well.’
Officers were also forced to step in during a basketball game in Yarraville on Sunday.
On Sunday Victoria Police made 819 spot checks at homes, non-essential services and other businesses. They issued 91 fines in that time.
Since March 21, Victoria Police has made a total of 24,921 spot checks.
Officers were also forced to step in during a basketball game in Yarraville on Sunday
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Social distancing is a term used by health authorities to help slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping an appropriate distance between people.
Australian health authorities recommend at least 1.5 metres between each person at all times.
This is because coronavirus can be transmitted by:
- Being in the same space for a long period
- Touching the same surface
Social distancing also refers to limiting physical contact with each other as much as possible which has led to authorities encouraging people to work from home, avoid crowded spaces and public transport as much as possible.
Source: Australian Department of Health