Melbourne lockdown extended until September, as Andrews slams ‘shitty’ rule breakers

Premier Daniel Andrews has extended Melbourne’s lockdown for another two weeks, taking it through to September, and reintroduced night time curfews after blasting rule breakers for their “shitty decisions”.

Victoria recorded 22 new Covid cases including five new mystery infections. But an engagement party at a residence in North Caufield that saw a 69 people gather in defiance of the current restrictions irked Andrews the most.

“I know many, many people are angry about that event,” Andrews said. “It should not have happened.”

Andrews said the actions of the rule breakers “takes away from the brilliant work, that millions of Victorians are doing every single day”.

“How many weddings and funerals have happened with handful of people? It is selfish, they are shitty choices and they will keep us all locked down for longer than we should be,” he said.

“Each of us need to find it in ourselves to make good choices. I don’t want us to finish up like Sydney, where it’s fundamentally got away from them. We have an opportunity to do better than that.”

The party goers now face individual fines of $5,500.

“There has to be consequences, so many people are doing the right thing and deferring their events,” said Chief Police Commissioner Shane Patton.

“That is why we are enforcing on this one. I did the maths, if you take off a few for each child, it will be over $350,000 of fines.

“That’s an expensive engagement party.”