NSW businesses and community organisations are being reminded to comply with the State’s public health orders, with thousands more expected to reopen their doors to customers this weekend.
As the state reopens, it is important businesses and their customers remember that a lax approach to COVID safety would risk the community and could lead to severe economic damage if it results in further outbreaks.
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the further easing of restrictions on 1 July was a big win for business, but public health and safety must be the number one priority for every owner and community sporting organisation.
“The community has worked incredibly hard to get us where we are today, allowing our favourite local businesses to welcome back customers,” Mr Dominello said.
“Whether it’s going to a cinema with friends, attending a child’s sports game or having a meal at a restaurant, allowing businesses to safely reopen is a significant boost for the economy.
“However we can’t be complacent. Businesses have a responsibility to protect staff and customers by ensuring their venues and premises are safe.
“Our focus in June was on educating industry about the rules; our focus in July will be enforcement. Any business found in breach of the public health orders will be held to account and could face a penalty of up to $55,000 or an on the spot fine of $5000.
“Businesses must adhere to strict standards – for many businesses recording customer names and phone numbers for contact tracing purposes is a non-negotiable.”
Mr Dominello said help is available for businesses who can register online as COVID Safe and download an industry specific safety plan.
Breach of orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties. In the case of any business, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.
A recent NSW Government inspection program found that, of the 649 venues visited during the month of June, 95 per cent were complying with the rules. Further information is available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses