Venues warned to comply with COVID-safe rules or risk being shut down

Venues warned to comply with COVID-safe rules or risk being shut down

14th January 2021 Off By adpublisher

The two other venues were the Shaws Bay Hotel in Ballina and Sydney Portugal Community Club in Marrickville, which were both temporarily shut in October.

More than 3 million people have downloaded the Service NSW app since it was introduced last year. Mr Dominello said that it was “nothing to scoff at”, despite being less than half the state’s population.

NJSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello at a press conference on Thursday.Credit:Jessica Hromas

“That’s a significant number of people in NSW, when you think we’ve got a population of 8 million, 6 million adults, and say, 5 million of those that are, shall we say, engaged,” Mr Dominello said.

The government mandated the use of its Service NSW QR code system for hospitality and hairdressing services from January 1. A recent audit found 71 per cent of them were complying.

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“For the ones that are not, you have to lift your game, we’re still in this pandemic,” Mr Dominello said.

Meanwhile, police have handed out 86 penalty infringement notices to people for failing to wear face masks at shopping centres or on public transport since the measure was mandated earlier this month.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard pleaded with the public on Thursday to “wear the damn mask”.

“People who don’t will have the full weight of the law thrown at them,” Mr Hazzard said.

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“For heaven’s sake, individuals who think they cannot wear a mask are kidding themselves.”

Individuals are fined $200 for failing to wear face masks on public transport, in Ubers, taxis and at shops, while businesses that fail to comply with public health orders face a $5000 fine.

While Mr Hazzard indicated last week the government was considering increasing the financial penalty for businesses, it is yet to implement any changes.

Among the 86 mask infringements were a 46-year-old man who told police in Parramatta he refused to wear a face covering “as it wouldn’t affect anyone” and a 48-year-old man who attempted to run from police in Gosford.

Mr Dominello said 100,000 businesses across NSW had now registered their customers with the Service NSW app, which NSW Health uses to collate close contacts during a coronavirus outbreak.

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