Two Lismore pubs fined after patrons caught ‘mingling’
TWO Lismore venues have been issued $5000 fines following noncompliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.
Police were called to a hotel on Keen Street, Lismore, following reports a 20-year-old woman had been glassed about 11.45pm on Friday, August 21.
The woman was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment, while a 27-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.
She was charged with reckless wounding and granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on September 21.
As a result of their investigation, licencing officers from Richmond Police District commenced inquiries into potential breaches of the NSW Liquor Act (2007) and potential breaches of the current COVID-19 Public Health Orders.
Police will allege staff failed to eject a highly intoxicated person from the premises, while other patrons were not seated and were mingling between groups with no physical distancing.
As a result of these breaches, the 67-year-old male licensee was issued with two Penalty Infringement Notices on August 24 for the offences of:
• Licensee permitting intoxication on licensed premises - $1100
• Corporation not complying with COVID-19 directions - $5000.
Meanwhile, Richmond Police District licencing police also attended a second licensed premises on Keen Street on Saturday, August 22 as part of ongoing business inspections in relation to COVID-19 Public Health Orders.
Police will allege patrons were not signing into the venue, while also standing and mingling between groups with no physical distancing being observed.
The venue also had an expired COVID-19 Safety Management Plan, and had previously received a warning from police for not having a plan in place.
Following further inquiries, the 60-year-old male licensee was issued with a $5000 Penalty Infringement Notice for failing to comply with the noticed direction on August 25.
Licencing police will continue to enforce compliance checks at licensed premises and other venues across the state, to ensure the Public Health Orders are being adhered to.