One man who told police that he “got bored at home” is among nearly 200 Victorians to be fined in the past 24 hours for breaching COVID-19 public health orders.
Twenty people were fined for not wearing a mask when they left home and 73 were fined for breaking Melbourne ‘s strict curfew at 8 pm.
It comes as the state today reported 208 new cases of coronavirus, and 17 more deaths.
Police performed an additional 3,869 checks on citizens in homes , workplaces and public places throughout the state and 5,538 cars were stopped at checkpoints for cars.
In all, it imposed 199 fines.
A man from Altona Meadows who was pulled over by police at Brimbank was among those fined.
He told police that he visited a relative, acknowledging that he was aware of the limitations, but he “began to get bored at home.”
Also fined were a group of five people found inside an Airport West vehicle who told police that they were “just out chilling.”
Officers were called in a separate incident to investigate complaints of noisy music on the Mornington Peninsula, and found two women and three people drinking together.
When asked why the instructions were violated, they said “we are idiots.” A fine was also given after curfew to a man spotted leaving a petrol station in Glen Eira, who told police that he had just purchased chocolate for a diabetic friend who had low blood sugar.
He confessed to lying when asked to produce the chocolate, and produced cigarettes he had just bought.