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Mon, 11 Jan, 2021

Dan Andrews’ massive new COVID fine

Dan Andrews’ massive new COVID fine

Daniel Andrews has announced that all people wanting to travel into Victoria must have a permit, or risk copping a $5000 fine.

“That’s not a decision we make lightly, not a fine that would be issued easily but that’s how serious this is. It’s a simple, easy, practical way of doing this, as much as you ever can be, and on that basis if you don’t follow those rules, you face that $5000 fine,” Daniel Andrews announced in a press conference on Monday.

“(A) very significant penalty but I do hope we don’t have to issue any of those fines, as people will take this seriously and do the right things... by themselves and every single Victorian.”

Permits will be enforced from 6 pm on Monday evening.

The permit system will solely be based on whether an area has been classified as a red, orange or green zone.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has classified Greater Sydney as a red zone, along with Greater Brisbane.

Western Australia and NSW are currently butting heads on who has handled the coronavirus pandemic best, with WA opting for entirely different methods from its cross-country rival.

While NSW has enacted a strong contact tracing system while WA implemented an elimination strategy which includes hard borders against other states when they feel it is necessary.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian called on other state and territory leaders to “do better” when it came to border closures in a press conference on Monday morning.

WA premier Mark McGowan held a press conference at the same time, and was asked how to find common ground with NSW.

“There’s five states and two territories doing one thing, and one state doing something different. I go with the majority,” Mr McGowan said.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced on Monday morning that Greater Brisbane’s hard lockdown has come to an end after three days with zero cases.