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VicPol enforces Covid-19 containment

  • Posted on Monday 23rd, March 2020.

Victoria Police has established a Covid-19 enforcement squad of 500 officers to ensure containment measures are followed.

The Victorian Government said in a statement that containment measures are meaningless if Victorians do no take them seriously "or don't think they will be caught if they flout the rules".

Coordinated through the Police Operations Centre, the officers will be out in the community doing spot checks on returning travellers who are in 14-day isolation, as well as enforcing the bans on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

This includes the decision of the National Cabinet to implement Stage 1 of a shutdown of non-essential activity across the country from midday today which is aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

The businesses that will close due to the Stage 1 shutdown include pubs, clubs, nightclubs, Crown Casino, and licensed venues in hotels and pubs. It also includes gyms, indoor sporting venues, places of worship, cinemas and entertainment venues. Restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide home delivery or takeaway services.

The decision, according to the Victorian Government, will be reviewed regularly by the National Cabinet.

The Government can also confirm that school holidays for government schools in Victoria will be brought forward, starting on Tuesday 24 March. Schools will use this time to support teachers and staff plan for flexible and remote learning in the event schools need to move to that method of teaching.

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, calls on every Victorian to undertake their civic duty and practice social distancing: "Do not be closer than 1.5 metres from another person, wash your hands and practice good hand hygiene".

In other news, Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by Covid-19 for six months, the Australian Banking Association recently announced.

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