ACT Policing has fined two Canberra restaurants $5000 for breaching COVID-19 health directions.
The fines were issued last weekend during routine compliance patrols were conducted in coordination with Access Canberra and ACT Health.
On Friday 4 September, one restaurant had 53 patrons rather than their maximum capacity of 43 and the following day another restaurant had more than 49 patrons when the establishment had a maximum capacity of 25.
Both restaurants were fined.
Superintendent Stephen Turnbull from ACT Policing’s COVID-19 Taskforce said many businesses had been inspected several times in the past few months to ensure the safety of staff and patrons and the majority were found doing the right thing.
“We have generally found businesses are eager to work with us if there are any areas of concern and quickly take all the steps needed to ensure compliance with the health directions,” Superintendent Turnbull said.
“Businesses have their staff and patrons at front of mind because they’re aware the community expects they are doing all they can for their safety.
“The businesses that are doing the right thing deserve our thanks because this is a hard time for everyone.”
Including the restaurant fines, ACT Policing has issued six criminal infringements (three business and three individuals), 15 cautions and made one arrest for breaches of COVID-19 Public Health Directions.
“During inspections, our primary concern is the maximum capacity limit being adhered to,” Superintendent Turnbull said.
“The rules are in a place for a reason, and ACT Policing will continue to work with ACT Health and Access Canberra to ensure business compliance.
“We also encourage businesses and patrons to use the new Check In CBR app which will help contact tracing obligations under the Public Health Directions.”
For all general enquiries – including to make a report of non-compliance, contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 6207 7244 (8am -8pm, 7 days a week) or online available here. For police assistance call 131 444 and only contact Triple Zero (000) for emergencies.
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