Pub fined for rule breach

A pub at Temora was fined $5000 and its licensee $1000 last week by local police for non-compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

About 12.30pm Thursday July 30, officers from Riverina Police District attended the premises on Hoskins St, Temora, as part of proactive compliance operations.

According to police on arrival they noted there was no sign-in book at the entry to the premises, and when officers asked the licensee to provide advice regarding his COVID-19 Safety Plan, he claimed to not speak English.

Officers established that no steps had been taken by the business to comply with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

The pub was issued with a $5000 Penalty Infringement Notice for failing to comply with a ministerial direction, and the licensee was issued with a $1000 PIN for the same offence.

NSW Police.

NSW Police.

In another incident, officers from Murrumbidgee Police District attended a house at Griffith to conduct compliance checks on three men, who are Malaysian Nationals and had travelled into NSW from Victoria earlier in the week.

Inquiries revealed the men - aged 22, 28 and 34 - had been going to pick fruit at local farms and therefore not self-isolating as required under their exemption permit to enter NSW.

The men were subsequently each issued with $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice for failing to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 - COVID-19.

Local police have also referred inquiries into the men's immigration status to Australian Border Force.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.