PINs issued in Richmond PD weekend licensing operation

Police have issued infringements for alleged breaches of Public Health Orders and licensing regulations during a three-day licencing operation in the Richmond Police District over the weekend.

On Friday 18 September 2020, licensing police from Richmond Police District conducted business inspections in Evans Head, Coraki, Rappville and Lismore.

One venue on Richmond Terrace, Coraki, was issued a warning for breaching the Public Health Order as a Covid-19 Safety Marshall was not clearly identifiable on the premises.

On day two (Saturday 20 September 2020), licensing police conducted a business inspection at a football event at Quays Reserve, West Ballina, and issued a 36-year-old man with an infringement notice for carry on Security activity without a licence.

Later that day, at 5.50pm, police attended a venue on Pacific Parade and Byron Street, Lennox Head, and observed multiple breaches to the Public Health Order, including no clearly identifiable COVID-19 Safety Marshall, mingling patrons and limited social distancing. An intoxicated patron was asked to leave the venue and a fire exit was also noted as blocked.

The venue will be issued with two PINs for fail to comply with noticed direction Section 7/8/9 – Covid-19 – Corporation ($5,000) and obstruct doorway serving as or forming part of fire exit – Corporation ($1,500).

During the operation, nine licensing audits were conducted on licensed premises and 12 business inspections were conducted on licensed premises across the Richmond Police District.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au Information is treated in strict confidence.

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