Police threaten Melbourne residents with $5,000 fine for visiting regional Victoria when coronavirus restrictions ease

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Victoria Police says a new offence will be created, along with a $4,957 fine, to deter Melbourne residents from trying to head to regional Victoria, where coronavirus restrictions will ease from midnight tonight.
Melbourne residents who try to sneak into regional Victoria to enjoy the relaxing of restrictions in the country have been warned they face fines of almost $5,000.

Regional Victoria's pubs, cafes, hair salons and caravan parks will be among the venues reopening from tomorrow, and there will no longer be restriction on people leaving their homes.

Victoria Police's deputy commissioner of regional operations, Rick Nugent, said police would introduce a new offence to deter people from trying to leave Melbourne without a permitted reason.

"We have been advised the fine for that offence will be $4,957," he said.

"So that is quite a significant fine, and clearly aimed to deter people from the Melbourne metropolitan areas from attending these regional and rural areas."

Deputy Commissioner Nugent said police would be highly active and working hard to keep Melbourne residents from regional Victoria, particularly during the school holidays.

"We do not…
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