An amateur football club in Adelaide has been fined for breaching coronavirus restrictions after their venue was hired for a party involving adult entertainment without a relevant plan.
SA Police were called to Greenacres Football Club, in the city’s northeast, on Saturday night after receiving reports of a possible breach.
“A COVID-19 Compliance Officer attended and identified the club was breaching COVID restrictions and could not produce a COVID-Safe Plan,” police said in a statement.
“An approved SA Health Management Plan is required for the type of entertainment offered at the club.”
News.com.au understands the event involved adult entertainment including strippers.
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The club, home to the Dragons, was issued with a $5060 fine.
A Greenacres spokesman told news.com.au on Monday: “Our clubrooms were hired by a third party for a private function”.
“Whilst for the most part the COVID guidelines were adhered to, it is regrettable that indiscretions to the guidelines have occurred,” he said.
“Ultimately it is our responsibility, and one we accept.”
Earlier this year, the club withdrew its men’s sides from the 2020 season of the Adelaide Footy League, formerly known as the South Australian Amateur Football League, citing financial concerns and a freeze on promotion.
Adelaide Footy League chief executive John Kernahan told The Advertiser he didn’t know how the breach came to be reported, “though it serves as an excellent example that there are eyes everywhere”.
“We will continue to forewarn our clubs of their responsibilities and the current risks and penalties for breaching COVID-19 compliance,” he said.
Police said the Licensing Enforcement Branch is continuing investigations into “potential breaches of the Liquor Licensing Act” and the matter will also be referred to the Liquor & Gambling Commissioner.
Glenelg Football Club copped the same fine last week after footage emerged on social media of people drinking and dancing in breach of coronavirus restrictions.
All businesses in South Australia that conduct a “defined public activity” must have a COVID-Safe Plan.
This includes nightclubs, places where food and beverages can be bought and consumed onsite – whether indoor or outdoor, venues with public entertainment and relevant licensed premises.
The “density requirement” for adequate social distancing is one person per 2 square metres.