Premier Daniel Andrews has encouraged Victorians to dob in people flouting COVIDSafe rules, saying it’s “everyone’s business”.

Ahead of Melbourne’s first weekend in months with open pubs, restaurants and cafes, Mr Andrews sent a warning to businesses and customers.

“If you do not do the right thing in your shop, in your setting, in choices that you make, whether you be a customer, a worker or a business owner, then you are putting everyone at risk,” he told reporters.

On-the-spot fines of $1652 for individuals and $9913 for businesses can be meted out for COVID-19 restriction breaches.

The premier said Victorians could report suspected breaches to the coronavirus hotline (1800 675 398), with Victoria Police, WorkSafe and authorised officers following up.

It comes as a Melbourne childcare centre was closed and up to 100 people forced into self-isolation after a girl connected to a cluster in Melbourne’s northern suburbs tested positive to COVID-19.

The young girl was among three new cases recorded in Victoria on Thursday, although the two other infections are under investigation and may be removed from the state’s tally.


Mr Andrews confirmed one of the two cases tested positive for the virus back in August, while the other was a close contact of a positive case that same month.

An expert review panel was due to meet on Thursday to review the two infections.

In the other case, Department of Health and Human Services deputy secretary for outbreak management Euan Wallace said the girl attended the Good Start Early Learning Centre on Plenty Road in Bundoora between October 20 and 22.

The family went into self-isolation after the mother tested positive on October 25, with the girl testing positive three days later.

Professor Wallace said a dozen close contacts at the centre have been identified, including eight children and four staff.

Six children and three staff have returned negative test results so far. Their close contacts will also have to undergo testing and will self isolate for 14 days.


The childcare centre will reopen after a deep clean.

There were no deaths on Thursday, with the state virus toll remaining at 819 and the national figure at 907.


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