Nine people – all from separate addresses – have been fined by police after socializing in a dead-end street in Melton.

Officers located the group with two vehicles yesterday (Saturday).

The group told police they were getting together for a social catch-up.

All nine people lived further than 5km away and have been fined for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

Meanwhile, water police have assisted a male and female who were struggling while paddleboarding in Hobsons Bay yesterday.

Once they were taken to safety, they were found to have no lawful reason to be more than 5km from their home.

It comes as 104 fines were issued yesterday, including 11 at vehicle checkpoints.

All up, 23,876 vehicles were inspected on Saturday.

Members also conducted 1202 spot checks on homes, businesses and public places – a dramatic drop from a week ago.

** The City of Melton now has just 20 known active COVID19 cases.

It peaked at 515 on August 15.

A total of 1137 have been recorded in Melton since the pandemic began.

** Moorabool has had no known active cases – and has remained that way since Tuesday.

It peaked at 15 on August 27.

The Shire has recorded a total of 39 cases since the start of the year.

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## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 9am-4.30pm weekdays and 9am-12pm Sundays and public holidays. It is now closed on Saturdays.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000.

In Ballarat, you can get tested at UFS Lucas (bookings 4311 1571), but only if you have symptoms.

You can also get a test at Ballarat’s Senior Citizens Centre, 16 Little Bridge St, 9am-2pm 7-days (1800 054 172).

Interstate truckers or people awaiting surgery can get tested at Australian Clinical Labs, 110 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat, but they will need a GP referral. Moorabool online

People wanting detailed information on the easing of restrictions in different parts of Victoria should go to

Until 28 July 2021, Worksafe must be notified on 13 23 60 when employers or self-employed people become aware of a confirmed diagnosis.

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

You can anonymously report people doing the wrong thing by calling 1800 675 398 (option 4) and police will follow up.

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14 (24 hours), via text on 0477 13 11 14 or via online chat:

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