Australians Fined 26,000 Dollars for Defying Lockdown by Celebrating Birthday

Daniel Fowler
July 12, 2020

"That is a heck of a birthday party to recall".

The state has recorded another 288 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the largest daily increase in cases in Australia since the pandemic began.

The ambulance officers were getting a bite to eat at a KFC in Dandenong around 1.30am this morning, when they became suspicious of two people ordering 20 meals at the fast-food restaurant.

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said it was extremely concerning to see so many people flouting public health directions in the middle of a lockdown.

Police were called and given the registration of the auto, which was traced and led officers to a nearby townhouse, he said.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said police will be ramping up compliance procedures amid Victoria's second wave of COVID-19.

Following a brief chat with the pair, paramedics alerted police who received the number plate and stumbled upon an illegal house party with 16 people.

The officers obtained the registration of the vehicle used by those people, which they followed to a townhouse, Patton said.

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Australian police say they broke up a birthday party that attendants will remember "for a long time" since it resulted in some $18,000 in fines.

Police had conducted nearly 1,000 spot checks on people at homes, business and public places across the state in the past 24 hours, he said. Patton reported that police had issued a total of 60 infringement notices within the first day and a half of the new lockdown.

The Victoria Police Sex Industry Coordination Unit issued fines to four people found in an apartment in Glen Waverley.

A couple from Docklands who tried to visit their holiday house on Phillip Island at 1:30am on Friday were also fined.

The group was issued 16 fines for breaking lockdown orders.

'Through an abundance of caution, through the fact it is relatively easy, we should request of all Victorians when they are out of their home, and this relates principally to metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell is our request of you (to wear a mask),' Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"I would appeal to every single Victorian".

Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons which include: exercise, work, to buy essential items and for medical attention.

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