Those at Wurruk gathering given warnings by police

A GATHERING in Wurruk last week attracted the attention of police.

Victoria Police local area commander for the Wellington Police Service Area Inspector Craig Gaffee said the hosts and those attending the gathering were given warnings.

Inspector Gaffee said most interactions police were having with the public regarding current restrictions relating to COVID-19 were misunderstandings about what people could and could not do.

However, he said some penalty notices had been issued in recent days, and police would continue to hand out notices to those blatantly flouting restrictions.

As agreed by national cabinet, gatherings are now restricted to no more than two people, except for members of immediate households and for work or education.

Under the stage three restrictions, the new directions mean that what was previously advice about staying home is now enforceable.

If people breach these directions, they face on-the-spot fines of $1652 for individuals and $9913 for businesses.

Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.

There are only four reasons to be out – shopping for food and essential supplies; medical care or compassionate needs; exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements; and work and study for those who can’t work or learn remotely.