The number of fines issued by police for breaches of coronavirus rules dropped dramatically ahead of restrictions easing in Victoria.
Only two fines were issued in the 24 hours before restrictions were eased at midnight on Tuesday. Victoria Police said the reduction could be attributed to officers showing more discretion, as well as a new process that began on Monday that requires police officers to get the approval of their supervisors before handing out infringement notices.
The numbers were the lowest since the end of March, when stage three rules halting gatherings and restricting movement came into force.
The lower numbers are also due to a new process that introduces a delay between a breach being detected and a fine being issued.