'Ring of steel': Melbourne residents face $5,000 fines for trying to flee to regional Victoria

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Authorities introduce offence of ‘leaving a restricted area’ as state’s rural areas relax restrictions

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Melbourne’s “ring of steel” is tightening, with city residents now facing fines of nearly $5,000 for attempting to escape to regional Victoria.

The state’s rural areas will progress to the “third step” in the recovery roadmap, opening up at a much faster rate than metropolitan Melbourne.

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