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An operator of the venue in southwest Sydney will be fined $ 5,000 for a major breach of public health orders by allowing up to 700 guests to attend a wedding.

An irate NSW Police Minister David Elliott called the situation “puzzling.”

The operator, a 46-year-old man, will be fined $ 5,000 for the “high-level violation,” he said.

An increase in COVID-19 cases in southwest Sydney has health authorities on alert. (9News)

“The police will make sure you get the $ 5,000 (fine),” Elliott told Today.

“You can challenge that and risk six months in jail.”

NSW Police Media confirmed the fine this morning, saying that the licensee went to the Fairfield Police Station yesterday afternoon.

“You were issued a $ 5,000 PIN for not complying with the notified address s7 / 8/9-COVID-19-Corporation,” a statement said.

“It’s puzzling that someone has violated it (the public health order) so seriously,” Elliott said.

New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott has described the actions of the wedding guests and the venue operator as “disconcerting.” (Nine News / Today)

“It’s not about one or two people coming from a confined area or, you know, it’s not about a dozen people who showed up without warning, this is double the number of people who were able to attend the reception. of the wedding in an area not far from Berala. “

One of the main areas of concern is Berala, centered on a BWS liquor store, where approximately 1,000 customers were served on Christmas Eve.

“This is not about fines or penalties, it is about compliance, and people need to realize that the police are enforcing a law to keep them healthy,” Elliott said.

“We do not want to go back to the lockdown. That is why we have introduced these Public Health Orders and I am very disappointed that the Fairfield police area command has had to go through that for the past 48 hours.”

“It’s time West Sydney needed to really and really be on their game when it comes to complying with Public Health Orders. This just doesn’t make sense.”

As a result, he said, there are now “potentially 700 people who have to monitor their own health and probably go get tested for COVID.”

Pyrmont’s wedding in which police fined 21 people in December. (Nine)

The venue, Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont, told 9News the couple informed them that they had not broken the closure rules and that they had stayed off the north beaches.

At the time, the northern beaches were blocked and residents could not leave according to the public health order.


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