Outdoor gatherings of more than two people in Victoria will be banned from midnight, drawing on-the-spot fines of more than $1600, to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled the stage three restrictions on Monday as the state recorded 821 cases, 56 more than Sunday.
“Stay at home,” Mr Andrews told reporters.
“We are not doing it for any other reason than this is life and death.
“If we allow our health system to be overrun, then people will die.”
Four people in Victoria have died from the virus, 29 are in hospital and four are in intensive care.
The latest victim, a man aged in his 80s, died in a Melbourne hospital, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Sunday when Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the next phase of the national lockdown.
The next stage of restrictions outlined a new limit on social gatherings outdoors of two people. Australians were also told to stay home unless they needed to buy essentials or to exercise, work or study.
Ms Mikakos slammed Victorian sun-seekers, who ignored social distancing rules over the weekend and opted to go to the beach, for their “stupid behaviour”.
“If you can stay at home, you must stay at home,” Ms Mikakos said.
“This is the only way we are going to defeat COVID-19. It is the only way we are going to slow down the spread.”
Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said people must listen to authorities to stop people dying.
Police said it had conducted more than 1400 checks on businesses and individuals across the state up until Sunday morning.
These checks included 139 on returning travellers to ensure they were in self-isolation. Of these, 128 people were home and 11 were not.
Businesses, non-essential services and gatherings were also checked.
Police have conducted 3867 checks since March 21, but no one has been charged with refusing or failing to comply with a direction.
Individuals face fines of up to $1652 for gathering in groups and businesses could cop penalties of $9913.