The Victorian government has shut down seven businesses over “blatant violations” of the Chief Health Officer’s directions, as the state records a “doughnut day”.
- Victoria has recorded another “doughnut day”
- The result was detected from among 19,502 test results processed on Saturday
- Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has earlier said he was “optimistic” Victoria was on track for a further easing of restrictions after 11:59pm Thursday
Victoria recorded zero new locally acquired cases of the COVID-19 virus and two new cases acquired in hotel quarantine.
The results were detected from among 19,502 test results processed on Saturday.
More Victorians rolled up their sleeves to get the jab, with more than 12,000 vaccines delivered at state-run sites.
On Saturday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he was “optimistic” about the trajectory of the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, as negative test results come in for dozens of quarantined primary close contacts.
The state recorded just one locally acquired case of the virus on Friday, which Professor Sutton said was in a person who lived in the same household as an existing case from the Arcare Maidstone aged care home outbreak.
He said people might still return a positive test on day 13, but since they were already in quarantine, there would be no new exposure sites.
Professor Sutton warned the virus was “absolutely still out there” and urged Victorians to abide by the new restrictions, including wearing masks indoors and checking in with QR codes.
But he said the state was on track for a further easing of restrictions after 11:59pm Thursday.
“It’s looking pretty good in Victoria at the moment,” he said.
Victorian businesses shut down for violating COVID rules
A St Albans retail store is among seven Victorian businesses recently shut down by the government over “blatant violations” of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.
The government said the St Albans store was trading during the lockdown, while a health and beauty business in South Melbourne was closed for exceeding density quotients and having no density quotient signage, no COVID-safe plan and no QR code check-in system in place.
Fines of $1,652 were also handed to a hospitality venue in Essendon and a retail venue in Campbellfield for not having the Victorian government’s QR code check-in system in place.
Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson said the chief health officer’s directions were in place to keep everyone safe.
“We expect businesses to be doing their part to follow the rules and help keep Victoria open,” Mr Pearson said.
“QR code check-in data is so important for our contact tracers to get on top of outbreaks quickly and there is no excuse for failing to keep these details if you are required to do so.
Over the past three months, authorised officers visited 22,000 businesses across the state handing out 17 infringements totalling $52,867 and issued a further 275 written warnings, 598 improvement notices and 40 COVID-19 notices for non-compliance with CHO directions.
In the past week, there were 168 instances of QR code non-compliance.
Free giveaways to attract people to CBD
Meanwhile, the City of Melbourne and the Victorian government is handing out free giveaways to help more people return to the CBD as restrictions ease.
FOMO Freebies will run from June 21 to July 18 and will provide a chance to enjoy “quintessential Melbourne experiences”, from shopping at the Queen Victoria Market to experiencing the hit Broadway musical Frozen, or Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.
The following giveaways will be up for grabs over the next four weeks:
- Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium: 200 double passes to experience an underwater world
- Frozen The Musical: 200 tickets
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: 200 tickets to Part 1 and Part 2
- NGV: 100 “Friday Night” double passes
- The Westin Melbourne: 200 overnight staycations
- Sofitel Melbourne on Collins: 200 overnight staycations
- Melbourne Star Observation Wheel: 250 double passes
- O’Brien Ice House in Docklands: 200 double passes, including skate hire
- Imaginaria: 200 tickets for an immersive play experience in Docklands
- Queen Victoria Market: 400 of $50 vouchers
- Rising Melbourne: 100 Aunty Zeta Rain Slickers
- Discovera Hidden Bars & History Tour: 200 double passes
The FOMO campaign is part of the $200 million Melbourne City Reactivation Fund in partnership with the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said FOMO Freebies was a great way to thank people for returning to the city and provide a major boost to retail, tourism and accommodation businesses.
“The buzz is coming back to Melbourne and we are encouraging everyone to come and experience the best of what’s on offer in Melbourne this winter,” Cr Capp said.
“By giving away these freebies we are reminding Melburnians that the city is very much open for business and we’re still Australia’s cultural capital.”