The international students are seen dodging police officers as they make their way into a McDonald's restaurant at 2:30 am on Sunday morning.
The students boasted about their “courage” to break the city's 8:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew which has been imposed in parts of Melbourne due to stage 4 coronavirus restrictions.
“Who does late-night McDonald's serve?” one student said in the video, accompanied by the James Bond theme tune.
“It serves us — the heroic people,” another student replied.
The trio returned to their apartment before declaring: “This is why Melbourne's restrictions are like a fart”.
The video was posted on Weibo and received tens of thousands of views in a few hours, sparking widespread condemnation from the Chinese community.
“Don't show off risking other people's lives, even if you don't care about your own safety,” Wu Yufeng, a Melbourne resident, commented on WeChat.
The criticism forced the students to pull the video and issued a public apology.
The vloggers told the ABC in a statement that they accepted every criticism they received and they also “provided their detailed account” to police on Monday.
“Our so-called 'courage' is very naive before the law. We were a group of shameful jokers, and ignorant people seeking attention,” they said in the statement.
“We have confessed our mistakes to the police today and received our infringements.
“We accept all criticism, which is the punishment we deserve.”
Victoria Police have confirmed that each person was fined $1,652 for breaching chief health officer directives.
“It followed a video which emerged of them filming themselves going out after the curfew hours at approximately 2.30 am on Sunday morning to get take away food from a fast food restaurant in the CBD,” a Victoria Police spokesperson told the ABC.
“For the sake of the health and safety of every Victorian, we need people to follow these directives and will not hesitate to issue fines to those who choose to selfishly and blatantly show a disregard for community safety.”
Photo credits: ABC
This article originally appeared on Over60.