A mayor in Victoria, Australia, has been fined for breaching social distancing rules and drinking in the street.
For many people, one interesting aspect of the ongoing coronavirus is how it seems, in some respect, to be a great leveller, where everybody, from the ordinary person on the street to the rich and powerful, finds themselves in the same situation, where they have to follow the rules just like everybody else. The news a powerful politician in the state of Victoria, in south-east Australia, has received a fine for breaking lockdown restrictions has only brought this to the fore.
Tony Herbert, the mayor of the city of Warrnambool, was pictured flouting coronavirus restriction by drinking alcohol in the street while standing next to his mayoral vehicle. He was photographed by a passer-by standing outside his hotel with three people while drinking a beer. Ironically, this came only a matter of hours after the mayor recorded a public service video advising residents to stay at home.
Mr Herbert said sorry for what he did, maintaining he was engaging in important mayoral business when speaking with those three people outside. However, all four were fined by the police for breaking lockdown rules enforced by local medical authorities. The mayor was fined for disobeying social-distancing provisions put in place to try and stop the spread and transmission of Covid-19. The mayor was ordered by to pay Victoria Police 1,652 Australian dollars, the equivariant of £837 in UK poiunds, a source of great embarrassment for the local politician.
In its attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus, Australia, like so many other counties, has forced non-essential businesses to close their doors and has shut off its orders. The general population are being advised not to step out their door, and registered and licensed clubs, pubs, casinos, licensed remises in hotels and nightclubs are currently closed. So, millions of people in Australia are unable to go out or socialise with their friends and family, which has been something of an upheaval. But they are trying to make the best of it.
However, the news a mayor from a city in Victoria has been fined for breaking lockdown rules and drinking in the street has been a source of great controversy. For many, it highlights how some people are flouting restrictions while examining their relationship with alcohol during the coronavirus outbreak.
There has also been a reported dramatic increase in domestic drinking around the world due to pubs, bars and clubs being closed because or coronavirus.
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