Couple celebrate a traditional wedding in Melbourne surrounded by friends and family despite strict social gathering rules banning more than FIVE people at nuptials
- Footage showed the couple dancing with family and friends at the reception
- They broke social distancing policies telling people to stand at least 1.5m apart
- Victorians seen outside with more than one other person will be fined this week
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A couple have broken social distancing rules to marry in a traditional Islamic wedding in Melbourne with more than five guests attending the ceremony.
Footage showed the pair dancing with family and friends at the reception in on Sunday, 7 News reported.
The wedding party danced in close proximity, ignoring government rules forbidding people from having a wedding with more than five people.
They also broke social distancing policies requiring people to stand at least 1.5m away from each other to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
A couple have broken social distancing rules to marry in a traditional Islamic wedding in Melbourne with more than five guests attending the ceremony
Victorian police did 1,430 checks on residents over the weekend to make sure they were adhering to social isolation rules.
Around 11 people were not at home but officers said they could have been at doctors appointments.
No one was fined but warnings were handed out to people in who people who failed to follow the rules.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,165
New South Wales: 1,918
South Australia: 299
Western Australia: 312
Australian Capital Territory: 78
Northern Territory: 15
TOTAL CASES: 4,165
On Sunday, restrictions on social gatherings were further restricted by the federal government.
Victorians who are caught outside with more than one other person will be slapped with a $1,652 on the spot fine from Tuesday.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the possibility of community transmission was worrying officials the most, which was why the ‘radical’ new public interaction rules were needed.
Community transmission is the spread of the virus to a person without known links to a known case.
‘It is of concern, particularly in Sydney and to a lesser extent in Melbourne and southeast Queensland,’ Professor Murphy said during Sunday night’s press conference.
‘If you have outbreaks in the community, they can be much harder to detect and so we’ve broadened the testing criteria in those areas to make sure that we can detect and bring under control.’
The national death toll reached 16 following the deaths of two more people in Victoria and Queensland overnight, as new quarantine measures for international arrivals kick in across the country.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy (right) said the possibility of community transmission was worrying officials the most, which was why the ‘radical’ new public interaction rules were needed
A man aged in his 80s died of coronavirus in hospital in Victoria, while a 75-year-old woman died in Queensland after travelling on the Ruby Princess cruise ship that docked in Sydney.
Announcing a new $1.1 billion health package to deal with the COVID-19 crisis earlier on Sunday, Mr Morrison said greater cooperation in terms of self-isolation and social distancing was delivering dividends.
‘They are still strong rates of increase, there’s no doubt about that,’ the prime minister said.
‘But as we take the measures that we have been taking and put them in place and we have the co-operation from the Australian people, then that obviously in turn that has an impact on how we are managing the spread of the virus.’
Sunday’s new measures explained
Only two people should gather in public spaces and ‘other areas of gathering: Households – no matter how large – can still go outside together, but individual people can only meet with one other person. The two-person limit doesn’t apply to workplaces, schools or households.
Moratorium on evictions from rental properties for the next six months: Scott Morrison said State and Territories will be moving to ban landlords from evicting tenants who are struggling to pay rent. Mr Morrison urged landlords to work with their tenants and banks on immediate solutions.
Playgrounds, skate parks, and outdoor gyms will be closed from Monday: Boot camps will be reduced to one-on-one outdoor personal training sessions.
Australians urged to only shop for the essentials and nothing more: Mr Morrison reminded people it isn’t a time for browsing or catching up with friends. ‘When you are going out for shopping, you should be going for just stuff you need and do it and get home,’ he said.
People aged over 70 or having chronic illnesses are discouraged from leaving their homes: Mr Morrison said elderly people should only go outside for doctor’s appointments or medical reasons. He said vulnerable groups who need help with shopping should access ‘support through their community or others’.