A group of bikies were slapped with $1,652 fines each after they were caught breaking coronavirus restrictions by having a party.
Nine people – seven men and two women – were at the Rebels MC clubhouse in Sunshine West, in Victoria, on Tuesday night when police stopped by.
Victoria Police were doing spot checks on homes and businesses to ensure residents are abiding by stage three restrictions, which were introduced on March 31 to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Under the rules, gatherings are restricted to no more than two people except for members of your immediate household.
Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, those being for food, work or education, exercise and medical care or compassionate needs.
Each member of the group was issued an on-the-spot fine of $1,652 for breaching the directions of the Chief Health Officer and provided directions to move on.
‘As always, Victoria Police will be closely proactively monitoring all activities of outlaw motorcycle clubs,’ a police spokesman said.
‘This will include issuing fines whenever they are found breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directives by congregating in clubhouses.’
Police conducted 835 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services across the state since Tuesday as part of Operation Sentinel and 114 fines have been issued.
Since 21 March, Victoria Police have conducted 16,039 spot checks.