Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda

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Victoria Police were out in large numbers at Melbourne‘s St Kilda on Thursday amid fears protesters who have caused chaos throughout the city were planning to gather in the the beachside suburb.

But instead they found joggers and sunbathers making the most of the warm 21C weather, along with small groups following Covid directions on the sand and near the esplanade.

Melbourne residents are allowed to socialise outdoors in groups of up to five people if every person over 18 is fully vaccinated.

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

While police were out in full force, protests hit a lull on Thursday with most crowds that of beach-goers (pictured) making the most of the sunny weather

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Melbourne residents exercising (pictured) were out in large numbers due to the sunny weather on display

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Residents swimming and sunbathing littered the beach and open areas in St Kilda, taking in the sun (pictured)

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Officers were seen out in full force around the city and along the St Kilda esplanade after rumours that protesters would be converging there during the day

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

St Kilda locals flocked to the beach on Thursday – and are allowed outside to exercise or socialise in small groups

After the city was rocked by demonstrations for three straight days, large-scale protests fizzled out on Thursday, although police made arrests in the CBD and rushed to the beach to head off possible violence. 

Demonstrators repeatedly changed meeting points on encrypted social media platforms but failed to show up.

Some 92 people were arrested in the city, with police pouncing before protesters were able to gather in significant numbers.  

Officers were seen out in full force around the city and along the St Kilda esplanade after rumours that protesters would be converging there during the day. 

Instead police watched on as Melbourne residents enjoyed sun, had picnics on grassy areas, walked their dogs, and jogged along the beachfront.   

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Police were under the impression large-scale protests would be occurring in the area and ensured a large police presence (pictured) was out and about 

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Most crowds in the St Kilda area were those exercising or picnickers (pictured) making the most of the sunny 21 degree day in Melbourne 

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Crowds in the area were mainly made up of beach-goers sunbathing and people exercising on the St Kilda esplanade (pictured right)

Thursday’s protests were significantly smaller than those earlier this week, with only small groups of protestors scattered in seemingly disorganised crowds in areas of Melbourne’s CBD. 

Despite today’s dip in protest numbers, intelligence from encrypted social media groups say more rallies are planned for tomorrow.  

‘We again urge anyone thinking of coming into the city without a lawful purpose to stay home and comply with the Chief Health Officer directions,’ a spokesperson for Victoria Police said.

‘Victoria Police will continue to provide a highly visible presence across the city over the coming days.’

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Melbourne residents are allowed to socialise outdoors in groups of up to five people if every person over 18 is fully vaccinated

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA
, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Victorian police officers (pictured) patrolled the beach front and streets of St Kilda after rumours large-scale protests would be occurring in the area and around Melbourne’s CBD

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Despite the lull in protests numbers on Thursday, authorities have information that other protests will occur in the coming days (pictured residents making the most of the Thursday sun at St Kilda) 

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

A spokesperson for Victorian Police has stated there will be a continued visible presence of police throughout the city (pictured)

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

The 21 degree day saw residents come out to make the most of the sun with many exercising along the St Kilda esplanade (pictured)

It comes as media organisations were granted permission to fly over the Melbourne CBD after a ban was issued by the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority on Wednesday, at the request of Victoria Police.

After complaints, organisations were told news helicopters could fly with the approval of police air wing and on the condition that any vision was broadcast with a 60-minute delay.

Federal Court Justice Helen Rofe said there were serious questions to be determined at a trial next week.

Meanwhile, stranded Victorians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to return home from Greater Sydney within a week.

Premier Daniel Andrews said anyone in NSW who has had both doses and returned a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of returning could apply to come back from September 30.

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Officers arrested 92 protestors on Thursday, with some smaller groups gathering and drinking 

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Victorian Police are set to keep up a highly visible presence around the Melbourne CBD in the coming days with rumours of more protests circling (pictured residents picnicking at St Kilda beach on Thursday)

Victorians have been banned from coming home from NSW unless they had an exemption or another valid permit.

Several thousand are expected to return to the state, but must test negative 72 hours before departure, isolate at home for 14 days and get tested at the start and end of quarantine.

Authorised officers will do spot checks on returnees to ensure they abide by the rules.

Victoria recorded its highest-ever daily COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to Thursday, with 766 new infections.

Four people died, including three people from the Hume area and one from Moreland, bringing the latest outbreak’s death toll to 20.

There are now 257 people in hospital with COVID-19, 60 of whom are in intensive care, including 41 on a ventilator.

More than three-quarters of Victorians aged over 16, or 75.2 per cent, have had at least one dose of a vaccine, with 45.6 per cent of those eligible now fully vaccinated.

Mr Andrews said the state was ‘currently rationing’ Pfizer doses and there was not enough stock to bring the time between doses forward.

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Melbourne residents are allowed to socialise outdoors in groups of up to five people if every person over 18 is fully vaccinated

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

, Victorian police out in full force finding only crowds of sunbathers and joggers in St Kilda, The Today News USA

Joggers and sunbathers made the most of the warm 21C weather, along with small groups following Covid directions on the sand and near the esplanade