Victoria Police will rarely use discretion when issuing $4,957 coronavirus fine for unlawful gatherings in Melbourne

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Melburnians are warned that police will only apply discretion in the most extreme circumstances when enforcing a $4,957 fine on unlawful gatherings announced by the Government on Sunday.
Melburnians have been warned that police will issue a $4,957 fine to anyone caught taking part in an unlawful gathering, except in the most extreme circumstances.

Key points: The fine is an increase on the previous $1,652 fine

The fine is an increase on the previous $1,652 fine Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said discretion would "very rarely" be applied

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said discretion would "very rarely" be applied He said police had disrupted at least 10 separate parties at short-stay accommodation over the weekend

Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews said the fine would apply to any gatherings which breached the state's coronavirus health directives. It's an increase from the previous $1,652 fine.

Under Melbourne's restrictions, a maximum of five people from two households (or any number of people from a single household) can gather in public spaces outside.

Visitors are only allowed in homes if they are visiting intimate partners, are part of a single-person bubble or have an essential reason.

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said officers would penalise "anyone" who breached the rules on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and would rarely exercise discretion not to issue fines.

Police will issue the $4,957 fines to anyone gathering in breach of current coronavirus restrictions. ( ABC News: Gemma Hall )

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