Victoria’s anticipated ramp-up of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 will be detailed after the national cabinet announced further restrictions.
The next phase of the national lockdown came on Sunday after a fourth person died from the coronavirus in Victoria.
The latest victim, a man aged in his 80s, died in a Melbourne hospital, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Sunday.
There were also 84 new confirmed cases confirmed, bringing Victoria’s total to 769.
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.
“Social distancing will save lives,” he said on Sunday.
“Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe.”
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.
It will be up to the individual states and territories whether the new measures announced on Sunday are strictly enforced by police.
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