Inner west Hotel penalised for COVID breaches and skipping court

Liquor and Gaming NSW
The Lord Wolseley Hotel in Ultimo has been fined $5000 plus $2400 in prosecutor costs for
failing a COVID compliance inspection and missing two subsequent court appearances.
An inspection by Liquor & Gaming NSW on September 10 2020 found the director had not
properly registered the venue as a COVID safe business, did not have in place the approved
‘pubs clubs small bars, breweries, casinos’ COVID safety plan and did not properly record
entry times of patrons on manual sign in sheets.
On 26 October 2020, the defendant elected to have the matter heard by the Court, however
failed to appear before the Court on two occasions.
Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Dimitri Argeres said the department would
remain diligent in ensuring venues stick to the rules.
“NSW has done exceptionally well in keeping community transmission down and hospitality
venues reap the rewards when restrictions are eased,” he said.
“What has not changed, is having robust, digital check in processes that allow for effective
contact tracing in the event a positive case has visited the venue and a clear COVID Safety
Plan in place protects staff, workers, customers and visitors.”
Service NSW has a free COVID Safe Check-in QR code for all businesses registered as
COVID Safe. Anyone can check in using this code – even if they don’t have a Service NSW
account.
Inspectors from Liquor & Gaming NSW, NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW have now
conducted 9,783 COVID safety visits, issued 330 penalties worth $1,305,000 and
temporarily closed four businesses.
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