Marrickville venue closed following repeated breaches of COVID safety rules

Marrickville venue closed following repeated breaches of COVID safety rules

Following repeated breaches of New South Wales' COVID-19 safety rules, the Sydney Portugal Community Club in Marrickville will be closed for a week.

According to NSW Liquor and Gaming director of compliance Dimitri Ageres, no improvement was seen at the Club even after a $5,000 fine was issued.

"Inspectors visited the club three times and observed breaches relating to their COVID-19 Safety Plan, overbooking groups, gaming machine spacing, and inadequate check in processes," Argeres said.

"Since the closure order was issued however, some of the things the pub was fined for are no longer breaches for example bookings can now be up to 30 people rather than 10 and while punters need to be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart, gaming machines do not.

"What has not changed, is having robust, digital check in processes that allow for effective contact tracing in the event a positive case has visited the venue."

The Portuguese community club is the fourth business closed for COVID safety breaches and will be shut from 5am Wednesday 28 October to 5am Wednesday 4 November.

Inspectors from Liquor & Gaming NSW, NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW have now conducted 5,605 COVID safety visits, issued 185 penalties worth $817,000 and temporarily closed four businesses.

Recent fines were issued to:

  • Cokco Korean Restaurant Wentworth Point
  • Common Ground - Long Jetty
  • House Bar Bistrot Potts Point
  • Incafe Restaurant Haymarket
  • Jan Ta Bal Strathfield
  • Kaffe Bar - Mona Vale
  • Milkbar at Café Ish (formerly Smokin Grill Pty Ltd) Redfern
  • Santhosam Family Restaurant Pendle Hill
  • Steyne Hotel Manly
  • Sydney Tower Dining Sydney CBD 
  • The Chocpot Canterbury

Updated at 3.58pm AEDT on 27 October 2020.

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