THREE Port Macquarie-Hastings venues have been fined for allegedly breaching COVID-19 Public Health Orders over the weekend.
On Saturday, July 25, officers attached to Mid North Coast Police District conducted 19 audits of hospitality venues across the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area and issued three separate penalty infringement notices (PINs) to venues allegedly caught breaching the current Public Health Orders.
The licensee of a venue on Rollands Plains Road, Telegraph Point, will be issued a $1,000 PIN after patrons were seen standing and consuming alcohol and not physical distancing, and because there was no COVID Safety Plan or COVID safety marshal present.
Two food restaurants, one on Clarence Street and one on William Street in Port Macquarie will each be issued a $1,000 PIN after they were also caught allegedly not complying with a noticed direction.
So far, more than 1270 penalty infringement notices (PINs) have been issued to individuals across New South Wales since March 17.
The legislation was amended earlier this year to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community.
NSW Police is taking a proactive approach to ensure businesses comply with COVID-19 restrictions and minimise the risk of community spread.
Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19 related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.