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Packed club lineup in reopened Melbourne sparks outrage

As Melbourne’s cafes, restaurants and bars reopen after months of hibernation, photographs of packed lineups and unmasked patrons have prompted concern.

Restrictions were relaxed on Tuesday at midnight and hospitality venues were bustling with clients on Wednesday night.

Not all are, however, persuaded that COVID-19 security steps have been followed around the board.

After being uploaded to Facebook, a picture taken outside Somewhere Bar, a nightclub in Pahran, has been shared hundreds of times.

Without face masks, the picture depicts customers closely clustered outside the club.

Under new restrictions, whether you are sitting and dining or drinking, facial masks are mandatory before you leave home.

It is also important that patrons be spaced 1.5 metres apart.

“Who’s ready for a third wave?” the Facebook user wrote alongside the image.

Premier Daniel Andrews says that while he was saddened by news of businesses declining to comply with COVID regulations, most did the right thing.

“I don’t want the non-compliance in some businesses to detract from the amazing performance in the vast majority,” he said.

“But I will say this – there are fines they are significant and they will be levied.

“If you don’t do the right thing in your shop, whether you be a customer, worker or business owner, then you are putting everyone at risk.”

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