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Gamer who travelled 14kms to play Pokemon Go is fined $1,652 for breaking Melbourne’s lockdown 

A man who travelled 14km to play Pokemon Go on his phone has been fined $1,652 for breaching strict lockdown restrictions in Melbourne.

Victoria Police issued a total of 172 fines to individuals on Sunday who have been caught breaching the Chief Health Officer directions. 

The man was caught travelling from Sunshine in the city’s east to Melbourne’s CBD to play the popular game on his phone.

He was caught and slapped with the hefty fine before being told to return home.

Of the 172 fines, 27 people were issued infringements for refusing to wear a mask while in public. 

Officers conducted 4,366 spot checks on Sunday and issued 22 infringements at vehicle checkpoints on main arterial roads. 

Another woman was fined after police approached her at Southern Cross Station and she confessed she was trying to travel to Bendigo. 

Two men were caught at a fast-food store in Hobsons Bay and admitted they had travelled from Altona after spending the night at a friend’s house.

A group of people were caught celebrating a birthday at a short-term rental in Point Cook and another man was fined after he tried to drive to his holiday home on the Surf Coast. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced stage four restrictions on Sunday as the state battles a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The state is expected to record 429 new cases and 13 deaths on Monday. 

Melbourne went into strict Stage Four lockdown from 6pm on Sunday until at least September 13, when it will be reevaluated. 

Melbourne residents will only be allowed to exercise for an hour a day and can’t travel more than 5km from home for the purpose of shopping. 

Only one person from each household will be able to go to the shops each day.

Metropolitan Melbourne will be under a nightly curfew, between the hours of 8pm to 5am, from Sunday night with some exemptions for those providing care and travelling to and from work.

Regional Victoria will move to ‘stage three’ restrictions, with restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms and other businesses to shut from midnight on Wednesday. 

The premier flagged further announcements would be made about workplaces on Monday, including the closure of certain industries.

‘I want to ensure all Victorians supermarkets, the butcher, the baker, food, beverage, groceries, those types of settings, there will be no impact there,’ he said. 

Mr Andrews said the extremely tight restrictions was necessary to prevent to the lockdown dragging on until Christmas.

‘Six weeks versus a slower strategy. A much, much slower strategy that takes up to six months,’ he said.

‘I’m not prepared to accept that or accept days and days and days of hundreds of cases and more and more death.’

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