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Victoria warned to obey extended lockdown rules

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Days after Victorians ignored advice to stay at home and flocked to the beaches, the state enters a partial lockdown banning gatherings of more than two people.

Days after Victorians ignored advice to stay at home and flocked to the beaches, the state enters a partial lockdown banning gatherings of more than two people.

As of today, Victorians may only go out of their homes to buy essentials, exercise, or go to work or study if they can't do it from home.

And even when staying home, gatherings of more than two people who are not part of the household will be an offence.

Premier Daniel Andrews warned Victorians that they will be punished if they flout the latest restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than two people.

"Victoria Police will not hesitate to take action against you," Mr Andrews said.

Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms will also close under the restrictions.

To ensure Victorians comply with the restrictions in place, on-the-spot fines of $1652 for individuals and $9913 for businesses will apply.

Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.

The tightening of measures that forced many businesses to shut down is a new bid to flatten the deadly coronavirus curve.

The state confirmed 56 new coronavirus cases yesterday, bringing the tally to 821 COVID-19 cases, and a fourth death over the weekend.

Two workers at a Coles store in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne were confirmed to have the coronavirus.

The pair are employed at a Coles store in Mulgrave.

A Coles spokesperson said the store remains open following advice from the Health Department, and confirmed it had undergone extensive cleaning.

Staff who have had contact with the infected workers have been instructed to self-isolate.

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The cases continue to grow at around 10 per cent but down from a previous high of 25 per cent, Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said.

He was cautiously optimistic about how the crisis is developing.

"We can cap cases in Australia to 10,000 to 15,000," he said

"The alternative is hundreds of thousands, that means hundreds or thousands of deaths."

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 - Reported with AAP

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-warned-to-follow-covid-19-two-person-lockdown-rules/09001a2a-fed4-448b-9832-c6b741387f37

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