Cairns bar fined for COVID-19 breach

A Cairns bar has been fined by police for allegedly breaching the Queensland Chief Health Officer’s public health directions.

Cairns officers with the assistance of Tropical Public Health Services commenced an investigation into a Grafton Street licensed venue after issues were raised of patrons not social distancing on Friday night (October 9).

Investigators will allege the business failed to comply with CHO directions by allowing large groups to gather and not follow COVID safe social distancing practices.

Today, the business owners were issued with a penalty infringement notice amounting to $6,672.

Business operators are reminded to adhere to public health directions including social distancing measures at all times to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in Queensland.

More information about current COVID-19 restrictions is available here.

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