A licensed premises in Jindabyne has become the first venue in NSW to be shut down for a period of time following serious concerns and breaches of public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between 5 May and 11 July, NSW Police issued the Jindabyne business with three formal and several informal warnings relating to intoxication levels and public health and safety issues, including large groups of people failing to social distance.
Police say that about 7.30pm on Saturday 11 July, officers from Monaro Police District attended the premises and forced closure of the venue.
The premises remained closed for a 72-hour period and has since been spoken to by police regarding their COVID-19 safety plan.
Following extensive inquiries, the venue was issued with a $5000 fine earlier today (Tuesday 14 July), for failing to comply with requirements of a Public Health Order – COVID-19.
The maximum penalty for contravening a Public Health Order is a fine of up to $11,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
The standard penalty is a fine by way of an on-the-spot Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) – $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses.
Monaro Police District Commander, Superintendent Paul Condon, said police will continue to work with businesses in relation to their COVID-19 safety plans and provide advice and guidance.
“The safety of the Snowy Mountains community is paramount, and we will continue to take action against those businesses that choose to ignore ministerial directions,” Supt Condon said.
“When we launched Operation Snow Safe last month, we made it clear to the community that this season will not be business as usual.
“We have been working closely with our partner agencies and local businesses to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the health and safety of our community.”
Investigations are continuing in relation to other offences under the Liquor Act.
Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.