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Ballina pub closed for COVID-19 breaches

A Ballina pub has been closed for a week and fined $10,000 by NSW Liquor & Gaming for repeated COVID-19 safety breaches.

Police allegedly identified 12 breaches of public health orders during two visits to the Shaws Bay Hotel on September 27 and October 4.

Breaches included a COVID safety marshal not enforcing the pub’s safety plan, group bookings of more than 10 people, no physical distancing, people drinking while standing and patrons dancing.

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The pub was issued two $5000 fines and referred to the Liquor and Gaming Commission.

“The Shaws Bay Hotel had ample warning to tighten up their game, given they were visited and fined twice,” Liquor and Gaming director of compliance Dimitri Argeres said.

“It is clear the ongoing operation of the premises could endanger public health, particularly given a potential increase in patronage over the weekend around the Northern Rivers Rugby League grand final.

“The Shaws Bay Hotel will remain closed until 5am on Saturday, October 24.

The hotel said the breaches were “due to non-compliance of COVID-19 regulations by a small element of patrons” and apologised to its customers for the inconvenience.

The Ballina pub is the third NSW venue to be closed for a week, following the closure of Unity Hall Hotel in Rozelle and the Rivers Inn Restaurant in Thredbo last month.

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