Inspectors from Liquor & Gaming NSW, Safework NSW and Fair Trading NSW are set to embark on a COVID-19 compliance blitz across Sydney.

The inspectors will be visiting hospitality venues across Sydney to check businesses are complying with the latest COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

Acting Director Compliance Liquor & Gaming NSW Darren Duke said inspectors will be out targeting Bondi and the surrounding areas starting today.

“It is critically important that all people visiting hospitality venues must remember to check-in using the Service NSW QR Code,” Duke said.

“The COVID-Safe requirements are in place for an important reason, and all venues need to make sure they are fully compliant.”

The inspectors will be assessing if venues have COVID Safety Plans in place, are adhering to check-in processes, and ensuring they are respecting the physical distancing and mask wearing requirements.

Duke added: “Venues not complying with the Public Health Orders pose a clear and significant risk to public health and any venues found breaching the rules may be subject to a fine or in serious cases could face a closure of their venue.”

Under the latest orders, staff across all hospitality venues in Greater Sydney must wear a mask when working indoors and the one person per four square metre rule has been reintroduced for all indoor and outdoor settings. Patrons are also required to remain seated while drinking and cannot engage in singing or dancing.

Over the past two months, Liquor & Gaming NSW has conducted over 200 inspections of hospitality venues issuing 14 fines totalling $40,000.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.