HORSHAM Police have provided some clarity around what types of social distancing breaches currently justify warnings compared to fines in the region.
Acting Inspector Leigh Creasey said there were two police units in Horsham tasked with enforcing social distancing measures.
"In the Horsham Police Service Area this is one unit on in the morning and a unit on in the afternoon, and they are tasked to go around and check businesses, footy clubs etcetera. It's the same for the Northern Grampians," he said.
"Generally the Horsham ones stay local. There is probably confusion in the community because people are seeing things on the news which are talking about Melbourne restrictions.
"I think people don't realise our restrictions aren't as tight. We've had phone calls where people are complaining about a possible breach of restrictions - such as seeing people at a hotel or business premises - but in actual fact it isn't a breach under our current restrictions, where it would be in Melbourne.
In Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, stage three restrictions apply. This means residents can only leave their homes if it is to shop for food and essential items; care and caregiving; daily exercise; and work and study.
In Horsham, retail and hospitality businesses must limit the number of people on their premises, but people can still visit them. The Department of Health and Human Services also states regional Victorians can have up to five visitors in their homes at any one time, in addition to the normal residents of a household. They can also organise a gathering of up to 10 people in a public place.
Inspector Creasey said things could change quickly and police needed to keep up.
"If people think there is a breach, they can ring the Police Assistance Line on 131 444," he said. "If it's not a breach it doesn't matter, we have units going out and checking anyway, but we are happy to look into it. The main thing is we all keep safe and keep the virus out of the area."
"For example, if a business is over the limit by one person and it's pointed out to them and they acknowledge that, it wold be a warning. but if it a blatant continuing breach, they would be looking at a ticket."