An engagement party held illegally during Melbourne’s lockdown has culminated in more than $300,000 in fines.
Victoria Police on Tuesday confirmed it had finalised its investigation into the party, held in Caulfield North about a fortnight ago.
Watch the inside footage of the engagement party above
There were 69 attendees, being 54 adults and 15 children.
Police said each of the adults had received a fine of $5,452.
All up, the fines equate to $305,312.
“Victoria Police is satisfied all guests have been accounted for and the investigation has now concluded,” police said in a statement.
A video of the event first tipped police off to the breach.
It showed dozens of people who weren’t wearing masks gathered, listening to a man give a speech.
“Clearly this is legal as a group therapy session. That’s why my father’s here,” the man jokes.
Another guest adds: “He’s a mental health clinician.”
Premier Daniel Andrews slammed the deliberate flouting of the rules, saying it was poised to become a “superspreader” event.
“What makes me really angry about that event is that each of those 69 people will have to be interviewed,” Andrews said.
“Their close contacts will have to be spoken to and tested.
“Our contact tracers, who are working their guts out for all of us, will have to spend literally thousands of hours dealing with hundreds and thousands of people connected to that engagement party.
“That is the work that they must do, but it is all entirely preventable.”
Chief Commissioner Shane Patton foreshadowed the fines, saying it was adding up to be an “expensive engagement party”.