Police to ensure compliance with COVID-19 conditions at licensed venues

Tuggerah Lakes Police District officers will be out and about across the former Wyong Shire in June ensuring compliance with COVID-19 safety measures as the Coast embraces eased lockdown restrictions.

It comes as the NSW Police Force commits to a state wide, high visibility operation, Operation Pariac, to ensure compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders at licensed venues.

Operation Pariac is regularly conducted by general duties and specialist licensing police in the Northern, Southern and Western regions, but will have an altered focus for June 2020.

The operation aims to ensure education and compliance around the Public Health Order conditions relative to the easing of restrictions in licensed premises.

Police will also be targeting alcohol related crime, including assaults, anti-social behaviour and public order incidents.

Operation Pariac Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell, said that as restrictions continue to ease, venues and patrons need to be aware of their responsibilities to maintain a COVID-safe environment.

“From today, the movement of people across the state will start to increase dramatically, as thousands of people head to regional communities to inject much needed tourism dollars.

“Police will be conducting random checks and patrols of licensed venues throughout our regions, with the ability for resources to be shared amongst police districts where the demand is needed, particularly across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“Operation Pariac, as part of a vikings operation, will see officers working closely with industry and business owners to ensure that they are able to operate safe environments for their customers, while making the public feel confident about returning to a COVID-safe venue.

“Wherever you’re heading, licensees and patrons alike need to be aware of their surroundings and the strict rules which now apply,” Ast Com Mitchell said.

Press release, Jun 1
NSW Police Media