The Bondi Bowling Club has been fined $10,000 for failure to comply with COVID-19 measures, as the Liquor & Gaming NSW identified the business as ‘the worst venue to date’ in breaching COVID-19 rules.
Inspectors visited the venue of 29 August and identified multiple group bookings exceeding the 10-person limit, patrons disregarding social distancing while queueing at the bar and inadequate sign-in processes.
“We are still on a cliff edge, but you wouldn’t know it if you went to Bondi Bowling Club on 29 August. The venue was operating as though the COVID safety measures were optional,” said Liquor & Gaming Director of Compliance, Dimitri Argeres.
“This presented a pretty grim picture of patrons and staff who are simply ignoring the restrictions everyone else has to live with and putting the entire community at risk.”
He said a new feedback portal is being launched by the NSW government to enable members of the public to report breaches.
“While we came across Bondi Bowling Club’s breaches during a routine visit, we also use information and feedback from the public along with other sources of intelligence to focus our inspections on venues posing a higher risk.”
It comes as NSW records five new COVID-19 cases from more than 30,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday, including four linked to the City Tattersalls Club gym cluster.
That cluster in Sydney’s CBD now numbers 61 people.
An additional case was recorded after the 8pm deadline in a health professional who wore PPE while working at Concord Hospital on September 1 and Liverpool Hospital on September 3.
Patients and staff members who were in contact with the health professional are being contacted and advised to get tested and self-isolate.
NSW Health has also issued health alerts for Kuleto’s Cocktail Bar in Newtown on August 28, Bondi Platinum Fitness First on August 31 and Randwick Fitness First from August 30 to September 1 after they were visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Anyone at the Newtown bar between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on August 28 for at least one hour must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.
With Father’s Day on Sunday, NSW Health has also advised against visiting Sydney, Blue Mountains or Central Coast aged care homes over the weekend.
“We understand this will be difficult for many families on Father’s Day, however our priority is to prevent the spread of the virus into the most vulnerable people in the community,” NSW Health’s Dr Christine Selvey said in a statement on Saturday.
Six COVID-19 cases in NSW are currently in intensive care, with four ventilated.
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