Statement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews
As we've seen throughout this pandemic, businesses in regional Victoria are doing incredible work – keeping detailed records, implementing COVIDSafe Plans and encouraging symptomatic staff to get tested straightaway.
All of these efforts are helping to keep their staff, customers and communities safe.
But as we continue to drive down case numbers, and as we begin to consider our next steps, it's more important than ever that we're doing everything we can to protect the hard work of regional Victorians.
To date, businesses that are currently closed in Melbourne but are open in regional Victoria have been asked to check the addresses of their customers when taking bookings.
From midnight tonight, this requirement will be made even stronger, with businesses who consciously fail to check their customers are not from metropolitan Melbourne facing fines of up to $9,913.
This check could be achieved by asking customers to show their drivers’ license or Keypass ID.
Regional businesses who do the right thing but are misled by someone intent on breaking the rules will not be fined under the changes.
Instead, individuals found deliberately ignoring the restrictions will risk a fine of $1,652.
Melbournians who are found in regional Victoria without a valid reason face fines of up to $4,957.
For more information call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
With these changes, we’re giving regional businesses the confidence that they are doing everything they can to keep their staff and customers safe
To ensure current directions can remain in place to protect Victorians, the state of emergency and the state of disaster will also be extended from 11:59pm on 11 October 2020 until 11:59pm on 8 November.
Victoria Police continues to enforce the Chief Health Officer’s directions and can issue on the spot fines for breaches of stay at home directions.