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Covid restrictions and penalties in Victoria

Published on 23 Aug 2021

How are COVID-19 restrictions enforced in Victoria, and what are the penalties?

Victoria Police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1,817 for adults and up to $10,904 for businesses for:

  • refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
  • refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
  • refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information.

A $5,452 fine can be issued for anyone found breaching gatherings directions in the home or outside, or for anyone who breaches the requirement to isolate or quarantine under a direction from the Department of Health.

Fines of up to $21,808 for adults and $109,044 for corporations are possible through the court system.

People who do not wear a face mask when required and do not have a lawful exemption can be fined $200.

For more information, see: COVID-19 fines, enforcement and reporting on the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus website.

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