If residents continue to breach the law, Melburnians will be limited to staying five kilometres from their home past October 19.
That’s Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ message after scenes at two beaches where thousands of people were seen crowding together in direct violation of the laws of social distancing.
There are concerns that beachgoers’ acts over the weekend could jeopardise the rights of others.
Police were forced to intervene when crowds were seen breaching social distancing laws on St Kilda beach and Altona beach to avoid the unseasonable heat of the area.
A 32-year-old man was arrested at St Kilda beach after police asked him to wear a mask. There followed a confrontation in which they resorted to capsicum spray to subdue him.
The man was charged with assaulting the officers, intoxicated and disorderly conduct, and violating the orders of the Chief Health Officer.
At Altona beach, three violation notices were given to a woman and several others were fined.