Victoria will introduce hefty fines for those who don’t abide by social distancing rules. (AAP: James Ross)
Victorians who breach social distancing rules designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus will face on-the-spot fines.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said individuals would face fines of more than $1,600 for gathering in groups and businesses would cop penalties of almost $10,000.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he hoped no-one was fined but said “giving police these sorts of powers was very important”.
“If you are floating [the] rules, you will be punished,” he said.
It comes as the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in Victoria jumped by 111 cases overnight, taking the state total to 685.
Ms Neville said more than 2,600 checks had been carried out by Victoria Police to make sure people were complying with self-quarantine rules.
She said police would visit Victorian beaches over the weekend to make sure people were complying with social distancing rules.
“We don’t want to close beaches but if we have to, we will,” she said.
Ms Neville said ports, jetties and local councils were informed overnight that they may have to “quickly close beaches” this weekend if large numbers of people congregated at them.
More to come.