More Covid checkpoints for the Yarra Ranges

Police at the Coldstream Covid-19 vehicle checkpoint. 211430 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Additional Covid-19 vehicle checkpoints have been set up in suburbs across the Yarra Ranges ahead of the long weekend.

It’s understood that Upper Ferntree Gully and Wandin are the latest suburbs to feature vehicle checkpoints, with Coldstream having one since earlier this year.A Victoria Police spokesperson said further vehicle checkpoints would be introduced from 23 October.

“Drivers can expect to see additional mobile coronavirus checkpoints set up on other feeder roads,” the spokesperson said.

“If drivers try to use other roads to get around vehicle checkpoints, there is every chance another mobile checkpoint will be operating.”

The additional checkpoints come ahead of the AFL Grand Final on 24 October.The five kilometre limit for exercise and shopping was extended to 25 kilometres on 18 October, however, restrictions still prevent guests in homes ahead of the long weekend.

The penalty for unauthorised gatherings is a $4957 fine.