The petrol station owner said if the state government wanted to keep Melburnians out of regional areas, a ring of steel was needed.
“This is not similar to the ring of steel,” they said. “The ring of steel actually worked, but there is no policing this time and people are just doing what they want”
As part of the new lockdown measures businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne, such as restaurants and beauty salons, must check the IDs of customers to ensure patrons are following the Chief Health Officer’s orders.
City dwellers trying to flee Melbourne and drive to regional areas will face fines upwards of $5000 as about 200 police are deployed to main and back roads across the state.