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ID Checks To Be Required

ID Checks To Be Required

Regional Businesses Required To Check ID's For Bookings

Premier Daniel Andrews has today announced that from 11:59pm tonight (October 11) regional businesses will now be required to check the ID's of customers, before they can be seated.

The Premier suggested that businesses "must take reasonable steps" to ensure that patrons have not travelled from a restricted area, and could be achieved by 'asking customers to show their drivers’ license or Keypass ID'.

Businesses who consciously fail to check their customers are not from metropolitan Melbourne, will face fines of up to $9,913.

Regional businesses who do the right thing but are misled by someone intent on breaking the rules will not be fined under the changes.

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Statement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

As we've seen throughout this pandemic, businesses in regional Victoria are doing incredible work – keeping detailed records, implementing COVIDSafe Plans and encouraging symptomatic staff to get tested straightaway.

All of these efforts are helping to keep their staff, customers and communities safe.

But as we continue to drive down case numbers, and as we begin to consider our next steps, it's more important than ever that we're doing everything we can to protect the hard work of regional Victorians.

To date, businesses that are currently closed in Melbourne but are open in regional Victoria have been asked to check the addresses of their customers when taking bookings.

From midnight tonight, this requirement will be made even stronger, with businesses who consciously fail to check their customers are not from metropolitan Melbourne facing fines of up to $9,913.

This check could be achieved by asking customers to show their drivers’ license or Keypass ID.

Regional businesses who do the right thing but are misled by someone intent on breaking the rules will not be fined under the changes.

Instead, individuals found deliberately ignoring the restrictions will risk a fine of $1,652.

Melbournians who are found in regional Victoria without a valid reason face fines of up to $4,957.

For more information call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

With these changes, we’re giving regional businesses the confidence that they are doing everything they can to keep their staff and customers safe

To ensure current directions can remain in place to protect Victorians, the state of emergency and the state of disaster will also be extended from 11:59pm on 11 October 2020 until 11:59pm on 8 November.

Victoria Police continues to enforce the Chief Health Officer’s directions and can issue on the spot fines for breaches of stay at home directions.

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