The hospitality industry is being put on notice following two serious breaches of Covid compliance during a recent blitz on the Central Coast.
The breaches were detected earlier in May by Liquor and Gaming NSW Inspectors.
One of the venues at Shelly Beach, was found to be not enforcing patron sign-in using the Service NSW QR code.
The cafe in Woy Woy was also found to be in breach of Covid compliance.
Liquor and Gaming Director of Compliance, Dimitri Argeres, said the developing situation in Victoria was a timely reminder for businesses to remain vigilant as inspectors are still checking Covid compliance.
“There are no excuses for not requiring patrons to sign-in with the Service NSW QR code,” he said.
“This data will be vital in contact tracing if NSW experiences an outbreak like Victoria.
“The majority of clusters in NSW have centred on hospitality venues because of the ease with which the Covid virus can spread in enclosed indoor areas, so it is vital that restaurants continue to stay Covid safe.
“Our inspectors will continue to undertake both uniformed and plain clothes inspections, so if you’re breaking the rules you run a high risk of receiving a hefty fine or a closure in the event of repeat offending,” Argeres said.
The courts fined three Sydney hospitality businesses a total of $5,400 this month for breaches, including not social distancing, no Covid Safety Plan in place and no patron records.