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Commuters to be slapped with $200 fines over masks

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Commuters in a major Australian city are facing fines for not complying with COVID restrictions.

Melbourne commuters who refuse to wear masks on public transport will cop a $200 fine from tomorrow, in a new police crackdown targeting people disobeying coronavirus restrictions.

The blitz comes after the release of new figures which suggest that just half of all passengers on public transport around Melbourne have been wearing face coverings in the last month, compared with about 88 per cent of people complying last November.

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Officers and protective service officers will be riding trams, trains and buses – particularly in the morning and afternoon peaks – handing out face masks for anybody who is not wearing them.

Should anyone refuse, they will be slapped with an on-the-spot $200 fine.

The blitz kicks off tomorrow and will last for two weeks.

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The new crackdown comes after a recent COVID scare that left the state and authorities on edge.

Ealirer in May, a Melbourne man tested positive to COVID-19 and visited a Woolworths, 7-Eleven and a restaurant while potentially infectious.

Coronavirus fragments were then detected in wastewater in Melbourne's north, with traces picked up at testing sites in the Epping and Wollert area.

Authorities are urging anybody with potential COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, and loss or change in taste and smell, to get tested.

Face masks have been mandatory on public transport in Victoria since mid 2020.

Source: 9News

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