Victoria police have fined and arrested people for refusing to wear a face mask in the first week that the mandatory rule has been in place as a measure by authorities against the spread of the CCP virus.
Wearing a mask became mandatory on July 23 as COVID-19 cases and deaths in Victoria continued to swell despite the government putting Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire on lockdown on July 6.
A spokesperson for Victoria police said on July 26, discretion will be used for the first seven days, however, officers will not hesitate to issue fines to those “obviously and blatantly showing a disregard for community safety by failing to wear a mask.”
Since July 25, Victoria police have issued 20 fines at $200 (US$140) to people refusing to comply, and 126 people have received a caution.
Bunnings, along with several Australian retailers with stores in Metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, updated their entry conditions policy to align with the Victorian governments new legislation on wearing a mask.
Since then there have been some incidents of customers refusing to comply with the mandate and filming their exchanges with the retailers employees in videos that have since gone viral.
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