Daniel Andrews has urged people to stay at home, saying “this is life and death”.
His warning comes as Victoria has announced 56 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 821.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, the Victorian Premier announced that the state is now in “Stage 3” of its coronavirus response.
“I have a simple message for everybody: stay at home,” he said. “We cannot have people out socialising and gathering as if this isn’t happening. We’ve got to protect the health system, save lives and protect jobs as well.”
Mr Andrews reiterated the PM’s statement last night that you should only be out for essential reasons – medical or compassionate care, essential grocery shopping, exercise, and working and studying if you can’t do so at home.
“This is not the time to be window shopping, not to be buying things you don’t need.
He noted there are people “who have been otherwise healthy, no pre-existing medical conditions, in their 40s and 50s who have died in other parts of the world”.
“This is not just about grandma, this is about all of us. This is about all of us.
“Unless you want to be burying an elderly relative or your best mate, or your parents, if they’re younger, do the right thing.”
Victoria Police has been given the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow the rules.