A paddleboarder has reportedly been fined over the weekend for breaching the government’s stay at home directives.

The man went out for a paddle on Monday night off Elwood Beach before being slapped with a $1,652 fine by water police. He was then escorted to the shore.

A witness told the Herald Sun that the paddleboarder was alone and wasn’t surrounded by any other people.

“Restrictions that they have in place seem to be very draconian. I understand if someone is driving from another suburb but if you’re a local walking 200m to the water and you’re not interacting with anyone because you can’t, you’re out on the water on your own, I see no problem with it whatsoever.”

A spokesperson for Victoria Police told the Herald Sun that they won’t comment on individual spot checks.