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COVID breaches force Jindabyne venue closure

COVID breaches force Jindabyne venue closure

Serial COVID safety breaches at The Market shop and café across repeat visits from police have resulted in the Jindabyne venue being ordered into a week-long closure.

NSW Police visited The Market a total of four times between June 29 and Friday, July 2, identifying breaches of:

  • staff and patrons not wearing face coverings,
  • no signage relating to wearing face coverings or patron capacity,
  • no QR code check-in outside or within the premises, and
  • failure to produce a COVID-19 sign in register.

The café owners, a 32-year-old woman and 33-year-old man, were arrested and charged on 30 June with not wear fitted face covering in retail business.

They were granted conditional bail however, when officers revisited the café on July 2, they found no face coverings being worn by members of the public, no QR code and no sign-in sheet.

The owners have been issued a total of $2000 for Public Health Order breaches and a Future Court Attendance Notice for breach of bail conditions. They are due to appear in Cooma Local Court on August 5, 2021.

SafeWork NSW’s Director WHS Metro Compliance, Dimitri Argeres, said it is disappointing the seriousness of the issue isn’t getting through to some businesses.

“A digital check-in process allows for effective contact tracing and is vital in the event a positive case visits the location,” Mr Argeres said.

“This venue has consistently failed to maintain COVID safety standards and has not complied with its own COVID safety plan or the Public Health Orders designed to help reduce community transmission.

“After finding more breaches on the fourth visit, it was clear that the ongoing operation of the premises presented a clear and significant risk to public health and needed to be sent a strong message.

Businesses need to be doing the right thing to keep their customers and the community safe. We can’t have some businesses complying and others doing the opposite, putting everyone at risk. Any business that repeatedly fails to comply with the Public Health Orders faces temporary closure”.

The Market shop and café will be closed for seven days from July 9, 2021.

The owners posted an update on the business’ Facebook page telling customers they would be fighting the charges.
“We will be closing our doors indefinitely until this situation is resolved,” the post read.
“We have received legal representation. We are not guilty of the allegations and have elected to voluntarily shut the doors of our cafe & retail business until these matters resolve. Our top priority as always is the well-being of our valued customers and staff. We look forward to being with you all again in our place soon.
“We will take this time reconnect with each other and enjoy some time as a family in our awesome town and appreciate why we are here. As in the photo the dark clouds will pass over and our sun will shine again. We look forward to welcoming all your smiling faces with ours.”

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