Police have taken legal action against six Illawarra venues for alleged breaches of Public Health Orders and licensing regulations.
Officers from Wollongong Police District attended the Figtree Hotel last Saturday afternoon as part of a high-visibility licensing operation.
Inside the venue, police observed a large number of patrons standing together and drinking in groups.
It’s alleged the venue manager did not properly enforce the COVID-19 safety plan for the venue and the hotel has been fined $5,000.
Officers from Lake Illawarra also conducted a licensing compliance operation throughout Gerringong, Shellharbour and Dapto on Saturday.
The Spruce Moose on Addison Street in Shellharbour was issued a penalty notice for failing to comply with direction in relation to Section 7/8/9 – Corporation.
The venue was also issued a $1,100 fine for operating as a bar and not a restaurant.
Police said Nardi's Italian on Burra Place in Shellharbour and the Hill Bar and Kitchen in Gerringong were also issued penalties for failing to comply with direction in relation to Section 7/8/9 – Corporation.
The alleged breaches included being overcrowded, not enforcing physical distancing, not having COVID safety marshals present, and breaching individual COVID Safety plans.
Stoic Brewing in Gerringong received an official warning for failing to comply with direction under Public Health Act and was issued a $1000 fine for breaching licencing conditions under the Liquor Act.
Licensing police also assisted in the early closure of the Dapto pub.
Two arrests were made in the process for offensive conduct and failing to comply with a reasonable direction.
The venue has since received a $5000 fine for failing to comply with direction in relation to Section 7/8/9 – Corporation.
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