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Melbourne hits with new rules and massive fines for businesses

Residents of Melbourne who have a good reason to travel to Victoria will be banned from access to the freedoms available there, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday.

“The restrictions that apply to you in Melbourne travel with you,” he said.

The region, Victoria, is ahead of Metro Melbourne on the state’s Roadmap to COVID Normal, with only five active cases outside the capital.

Companies such as cafes and retailers are allowed to operate in Victoria from 11:59 pm on September 16th, along with other free suites not available to Melbourne residents.

But if you treat Melbourne residents like everyone else in the town, you’ll be fined about $ 10,000, Andrews said.

“For example, you could drink takeaway coffee, but you couldn’t sit in a cafe, restaurant, pub, or bar. That’s not an option for you,” he said.

“It is to protect a very small number of people in Victoria.”

He said business owners must take “reasonable” steps to identify where their customers came from and should not serve them if they are uncertain.

“If customers can’t satisfy the store owners … the default position is that Melbourne rules apply to them,” he said.

“Companies in open areas want to stay open.

“They don’t want to happen.”

Individuals who catch a trip to Victoria without good reason can be fined close to $ 5,000.

“The Victorian police have sadly issued many of them,” Andrews said.

The new rules follow the horrifying incident of a COVID-positive man in Melbourne this week eating at a cafe in the town of Kilmore, Victoria, causing a threat of outbreaks in the town.

Test Blitz in Kilmore identified four cases, forcing more than 200 people to be quarantined.

The second new rule, announced on Sunday, is that people under forced quarantine must undergo a COVID test on the 11th day of quarantine.

If refused, the quarantine will be extended for 10 days.

“I am very pleased to report that all the data, all the evidence, suggests that a very high percentage of people are doing the right thing. I am very grateful to them. But this is just giving. We have a more complete picture, “he said.

Both rules take effect on Sunday at 11:59 pm.

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