Victoria Police will fine people $5,000 if they are caught trying to leave Melbourne for the regions.
Regional Victoria’s pubs, cafes, hair salons and caravan parks will be among the venues reopening from Thursday, and there will no longer be restrictions on people leaving their homes.
Victoria Police’s deputy commissioner of regional operations, Rick Nugent, said police would introduce a new offence to deter people from trying to leave Melbourne without a permitted reason.
“We have been advised the fine for that offence will be $4,957,” he said.
“So that is quite a significant fine, and clearly aimed to deter people from the Melbourne metropolitan areas from attending these regional and rural areas.”