By Triana O'Keefe, editor Australian Hotelier

Under the Baird government's crackdown on underage binge drinking, The Royal Hotel in Temora will cease operation for 28 days from 5am Monday 1 June.

The sanction was imposed after a state-wide ‘blitz’ on serving alcohol to minors with more than 500 pubs and bottle shops targeted.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant warned operators there will be no excuses accepted for misconduct.

“Licensed premises must ask for ID,” Grant said.

“If they show disregard for the rules and serve minors we will throw the book at them.”

AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing John Green told Australian Hotelier the 28 day shut-down should serve as a stark reminder for all venues to be vigilant.

"The sanctions for serving alcohol to minors are now so severe they can potentially threaten the ongoing viability of the business.

"We'll continue to work with our member hotels to ensure they have in place stringent measures to prevent minors being sold liquor whilst in licensed venues."

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