The first fines have been issued for breaching restrictions in Melbourne’s coronavirus hot spots.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton says seven people have been nabbed for not complying with restrictions.

A group of five were “out and about” with drugs and weapons, so they were charged with those offences as well as not complying with restrictions.

A woman from a restricted postcode was “chilling with her friends” in the CBD while another person was caught outside their area and also received a fine.

The commissioner said police were fairly pleased with the behaviour of the community in the restricted areas, but reminded Melburnians the window for tolerance against breaches would be minimum.

The police force also proved not to be immune against infection after an officer tested positive to the coronavirus, shutting down a Victorian police station and putting six officers in isolation.

Werribee Police Station in Melbourne’s west was temporarily closed for cleaning on Wednesday and reopened on Thursday after the officer tested positive.


Victoria Police said the officer felt unwell while on planned leave and had not been at work since June 21.

Six colleagues of the infected officer have gone into isolation and will be tested as a precautionary measure.

Investigations are under way to identify whether members of the community had contact with the officer.

Victoria has now had 16 consecutive days of double-digit increases in case numbers, including 77 new cases on Thursday.

Other states have started cracking down on Victorians trying to travel there.

Victorians from hot spots are being threatened with fines or jail if they try and make it into NSW, and SA and Queensland are keeping all Victorians locked out.




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