Victoria records eight new cases, three deaths as city’s 14-day rolling average drops to 12
2nd October 2020

Victoria has recorded eight new cases of coronavirus and three deaths.

In metropolitan Melbourne the 14-day rolling average has dropped to 12, while the regional 14-day rolling average is just 0.1.

After revellers gathered in large numbers on St Kilda Beach yesterday, police have warned they will be stepping up their surveillance as Melburnians look to beat the heat over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said officers would not hesitate to fine those who "deliberately breach (COVID-19) restrictions and place lives at risk".

"A number of fines were issued to people who breached directions at St Kilda beach on Friday and Victoria Police will be conducting increased patrols of popular public spaces this weekend," she said.

"As the weather starts to warm up, we know this is a time when many people would normally like to be out and about but it is important that if you choose to leave your home you continue to adhere to the directions of the Chief Health Officer."

It is the first weekend of eased socialisation restrictions, with Melburnians able to have public gathering in groups of up to five from two different households for a maximum of two hours.

Professor Brett Sutton told people to hold the line after television footage aired of people gathering in droves at St Kilda Beach, ahead of Melbourne's forecast top temperatures of 28 degrees on Saturday and 27 degrees on Sunday.

Seven News footage shows the scenes at St Kilda Beach on Friday evening.Credit:Seven News

“Don’t risk everything. What we can hold back now means a truly normal summer. Please – Hold. The. Line”, Professor Sutton tweeted after footage aired of a large gathering of people surrounding a television reporter, grabbing and kissing the man’s face in breach of COVID-19 restrictions.

Victoria recorded seven new cases on Friday, six of which remain under investigation. The seventh is linked to an outbreak at Sunshine Hospital.

Two people – a man and a woman in their 80s – were added to Victoria's death toll. Both deaths were connected to outbreaks in aged care.

There are now 11 cases linked to the Butcher Club in Chadstone, with all staff forced in quarantine. A Frankston cleaner who failed to self-isolate when her family members contracted coronavirus sparked the COVID-19 outbreak at a butcher shop.

Late on Friday, a government spokesman confirmed jetties and boat ramps will be opened, in a boon for fishing and boating enthusiasts.

Fishing and boating must take place within five kilometres of a person's home with two-hour time limits applying.

A limit of either one household or a maximum of five people from two households can go fishing and boating together under the current Victorian restrictions as long as people can socially distance safely.

“In order to stop the spread of the virus it’s important to play by the rules, and penalties will apply for those not adhering to the restrictions,” they said.

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