VICTORIA has now implemented ‘stage three’ coronavirus restrictions, with the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reaching 821.

The new restrictions mean that Victorians face on-the-spot fines for flouting physical distancing rules.

Premier Daniel Andrews said from midnight tonight, Victorians face on-the-spot fines of more than $1,600 if they breach coronavirus restrictions that limit gatherings to just two people.

The Premier’s words follow Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcement on Sunday night that gatherings would be limited to two people – severe measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The two-person limit in Victoria does not apply to people who live in the same house, and excludes workplaces and schools.

Mr Andrews said the unprecedented restrictions represented a move to ‘stage three’ shutdown measures and he could not rule out a fourth stage of the State’s response.

“As long as we see additional cases each day we have to consider next steps,” he said.

The clear message from all levels of government is to avoid going out unless it is necessary and once you have done what it is you need to do – go home.