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‘Ring of steel’: Melbourne residents face $5,000 fines for trying to flee to regional Victoria – The Guardian

Authorities introduce offence of ‘leaving a restricted area’ as state’s rural areas relax restrictions



Melbournes ring of steel is tightening, with city residents now facing fines of nearly $5,000 for attempting to escape to regional Victoria.
The states rural areas will progress to the third step in the recovery roadmap, opening up at a much faster rate than metropolitan Melbourne.
As a result, Victorian authorities have introduced a new offence in line with its fines-enforced lockdown prohibiting people from leaving a restricted area, as stipulated in the declared state of disaster.
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