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A Sydney venue has been slapped with a whopping fine after dozens of patrons were caught on CCTV making “multiple dancefloors”. news.com.au November 12, 2020 6:21AM LIVE Last updated November 12, 2020 7:11AM AEDT A Sydney venue has been slapped with a massive $10,000 fine after its own CCTV caught dozens of patrons flouting social…

A Sydney venue has been slapped with a whopping fine after dozens of patrons were caught on CCTV making “multiple dancefloors”.

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November 12, 2020 6:21AM

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Last updated November 12, 2020 7:11AM AEDT

A Sydney venue has been slapped with a massive $10,000 fine after its own CCTV caught dozens of patrons flouting social distancing rules.

Odyssey Bar and Restaurant, in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt, was hit with the fine late last month by NSW’s Liquor and Gaming.

The footage, captured by the venue’s own CCTV and obtained by 9 News, showed dozens of patrons converging on the dancefloor in multiple groups, ignoring the strict coronavirus social distancing requirements.

Liquor and Gaming Director of Compliance, Dimitri Argeres, confirmed the bar had been given two $5000 fines for the serious breach.

“It’s hard to fathom how staff could have failed to notice and stop things getting out of hand as patrons had in effect created multiple dancefloors,” Mr Argeres said.

“The COVID Safe requirements are in place for a reason, and all venues need to make sure they are fully compliant.”

Inspections by Liquor & Gaming NSW last Friday across Sydney uncovered 94 breaches of COVID-19 restrictions, inspectors said.

Of the 74 venues inspected, 13 weren’t registered as COVID-safe, 39 didn’t hold a current safety plan, 20 had issues with record keeping, seven failed to properly adhere to social distancing, two had hygiene issues and 13 had no COVID-19 safety marshal.

“Such a high level of breaches is simply unacceptable and puts at risk all the hard work in containing the spread of COVID-19,” Mr Argeres said.

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A Sydney venue has been slapped with a massive $10,000 fine after its own CCTV caught dozens of patrons flouting social distancing rules.
Odyssey Bar and Restaurant, in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt, was hit with the fine late last month by NSW’s Liquor and Gaming.
The footage, captured by the venue’s own CCTV and obtained by 9 News, showed dozens of patrons converging on the dancefloor in multiple groups, ignoring the strict coronavirus social distancing requirements.
Liquor and Gaming Director of Compliance, Dimitri Argeres, confirmed the bar had been given two $5000 fines for the serious breach.
“It’s hard to fathom how staff could have failed to notice and stop things getting out of hand as patrons had in effect created multiple dancefloors,” Mr Argeres said.
“The COVID Safe requirements are in place for a reason, and all venues need to make sure they are fully compliant.”

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