In June, police said they had issued 37,939 fines since the pandemic began early last year, with only 25 percent paid.
The majority of the unpaid fines – approximately 25,000 – remain with Fines Victoria for enforcement.
Sir. Patton said Wednesday he did not know how many fines from the last lockdown protest remained unpaid, but would not rule out shutting down public transportation to the city again in the future with anti-lockdown protesters insisting they will continue with marching monthly until the restrictions end.
“I do not intend to try to apply a crystal ball on what may or may not happen in the future,” he said.
On St Kilda beach on Wednesday, residents talked about getting tired of the ongoing tight restrictions, about losing jobs, struggles over mental health and about a pressure for restrictions to ease to encourage compliance with others.
Lukanda Teziggwa said he was worried about his friends who, like him, spent unhealthy amounts of time alone. Many of them, he said, were also unemployed.
His sister Lakeri Teziggwa said she has not been able to work much in the last two years as she yelled in and out of work when she could, and was particularly concerned about the financial well-being of other women who greatly was not entitled to financial support from the government.
The 21-year-old said she thought people would be more likely to follow restrictions if some restrictions were eased, including outdoor activity.
She said her brother was fined earlier this year for not wearing a mask, despite having a medical exemption, which was later overturned and recently visited by police in his CBD apartment after a neighbor had asked him to have a single bubble buddy.
This has led to the couple now feeling anxious as they leave home, and are worried that they may inadvertently do the wrong thing.
“There is such a big push back against it because the rules are so strict. [The government] they work against themselves when they do it so strictly, ”Teziggwa said.
“I feel so sorry for people who live in apartments without balconies and who are told to stay inside.”
Mrs Teziggwa’s comments come days after Romain Ragonnet, an infection model at Monash University, said keeping people under severe restrictions for longer than necessary could result in them forming their own rules.
Police Association Secretary Wayne Gatt said he believed society would largely continue to do the right thing and follow the rules, as seen over the past 18 months.
“I think the police throughout the COVID-19 journey have seen different levels of compliance at different times, and part of that has been a period where communities have needed support and education. While others have been quite intentional and obvious violations … we must admit that it has happened over a long period of time. The best approach is to work with the community. We must never forget that, ”he said.
“No police force or agency will have enough people to stand at every ticket box in front of every supermarket, in every coffee shop, in every hotel to check every single item in [Chief Health Officer’s] directions. ”
On Saturday, city employees will have to prove they are essential workers to access the city, with access points to be erected 600 meters from the CBD edge.
Those caught and violating the rules will be fined $ 5,452.
Police were on patrol in Caulfield and Ripponlea all Wednesday, including near a synagogue where there was a large gathering of ultra-Orthodox worshipers last week ahead of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Patton said those who had violated the rules in recent weeks represented a small minority of Melbourne’s Jewish community.