A pair who walked more than five kilometres to take their kids to a playground in the west of Melbourne said they were “sick of walking around their local area” when police found them.
When arrested by Wyndham officers, the man and woman were fined $1652 for violating COVID-19 restrictions.
People can not travel more than five kilometres when they leave home under Melbourne’s stage four restrictions for a lawful purpose.
Playgrounds remain locked through lockout, too.
The pair’s penalties were among a record-breaking 276 infringements given to individuals in the last 24 hours for violating the orders of the Chief Health Officer.
Excuses wrongdoers offered police “only get smoke” in the case of man seen running overnight across Edgedale Road in Kew who was mindful of the curfew in effect.
Four people were also seen inside a Campbellfield carpark, who appeared to be just “hanging out”.
About five men, listening to noisy music, were caught drinking and smoking in a garage in Wyndham.
Police visited the address after they got a report regarding noise.
A man also reported that in Yarra City he was “catching friends for a drink”-more than five kilometres from his home.
There were 37 fines issued for failure to wear a mask to rulebreakers, 25 at traffic checkpoints and 74 for violations of curfew.
A total of 11,091 cars were checked at checkpoints for the cars.