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Police urged to hand out masks, not fines, to teens without face coverings – The Age

Advocates for children, including the state Commissioner for Children and Young People, say police should be issuing warnings not $200 fines to unmasked children and teenagers.

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The owner of a gym in Hume was fined $9913 for continuing to operate in breach of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.
Youthlaw, the state’s free community legal centre for young people, is waiting on reviews of a small number of $1652 fines given to teenagers during the first round of stage three restrictions, including one issued to a 16-year-old girl who was living away from home because of family violence.
Youthlaw has called for police to carry spare masks and to give them out along wit…

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