COVID inspectors go undercover to check compliance in venues
Undercover COVID inspectors are heading out on an eight-week compliance blitz across Sydney, posing as mystery shoppers at more than 1,000 venues.
Undercover COVID inspectors are heading out on an eight-week compliance blitz across Sydney, posing as mystery shoppers at more than 1000 venues.
The Liquor and Gaming officers are looking for coronavirus breaches such as employees not wearing masks and people failing to check in with QR codes as new data reveals Victorian residents are slacking off.
The data – released by the government – showed only 41 per cent of visitors to hospitality venues checked in every time the visited.
Liquor & Gaming Director of Compliance Dimitri Argeres said most businesses are complying, however, a number of venues misusing the Dine and Discover vouchers can expect action to be taken against them by officers.
"With thousands of businesses across the state part of the scheme, it is now more important than ever for these venues to be COVID smart and COVID safe," Mr Argeres said.
"While we are looking at compliance with the Dine & Discover rules, our focus remains on venues doing the right thing in terms of COVID safety."
Liquor & Gaming compliance officers will be out undercover this week conducting inspections across hundreds of different venues across NSW. The program quietly began on Wednesday.
Harsh consequences will apply to anyone found breaching the COVID requirements, including fines of up to $5000 and venue closures for repeat offenders.
"A key part of compliance for hospitality businesses is the requirement customers sign in using the Service NSW QR code," Mr Argeres.
"Now is not the time to get complacent, the COVID safety requirements are in place for a reason, and all venues need to make sure they are fully compliant."
The crackdown comes as authorities race to find the source of a recent new outbreak in Sydney, with the source of infection of a man in his 50s currently unknown.
Yesterday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian enforced a suite of new restrictions impacting Greater Sydney while health officers work to contain the outbreak.