A venue in Sydney was fined $ 5,000 for allowing at least 600 wedding guests, almost double the capacity of Covid.
The violation of the wedding ceremony, which is believed to have taken place at the Imperial Paradiso on Spencer Street in Fairfield in south-west Sydney, has outraged the public and police as it is only 10 kilometers from the Berala Covid-19 hotspot.
The police were on site on Saturday and an estimated 600 people were at the reception despite a Covid capacity of 350 people.
Paradiso Receptions, which has seven wedding venues across Sydney, has received massive backlash online, prompting the company to delete its Facebook and Instagram pages.
A Snapchat uploaded from the venue (right) shows an NSW police officer walking past a guest table. The photo on the left shows a photo of the venue from its website. Source: Paradiso Receptions / Snapchat
Disgruntled users said the business and venue should be ashamed of themselves.
Yahoo News Australia has contacted Paradiso Receptions and Imperial Paradiso for comment.
A Snapchat uploaded from the venue appears to show an NSW police officer walking past a guest table.
Guests have yet to be fined, but the organizer, a 46-year-old man, has been fined $ 5,000 for violating public health regulations.
After the police intervened, many guests were told to leave.
Covid violation venue “done damn wrong”
Incumbent Prime Minister John Barilaro said Monday that he was angry about the injury.
“If you act deliberately like the promoters … in this case we have an example of someone who was damned wrong,” said Barilaro.
“He is endangering his business, his reputation, the reputation of this company, (plus) the sector, the overall economy, jobs and the health of this state.”
Mr Barilaro said the $ 5,000 fine may not be enough given the revenue the venue likely received from the wedding.
He said NSW health officials would consider tightening the penalties.
The state did not announce any new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Monday. Source: AAP
“Nobody wins when someone cheats, when everyone else in your industry is doing the right thing and you’ve made up your mind to deliberately disobey the rules, you are putting your own business at risk,” Barilaro said.
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Police Minister ‘stunned’ by wedding Covid violation
Police Secretary David Elliott described the violation as confusing.
“It’s a terrible start to Police Week … and it’s confusing that someone would break it this badly,” Elliott told the Nine Network.
“That’s not one or two people who have come from a restricted area, or, you know, this is not a dozen people who have turned up unannounced.
“This is twice the number of people who were allowed to attend this wedding reception in an area not far from Berala.”
Mr Barilaro has encouraged more NSW residents to get tested for Covid. Source: Getty
NSW does not register any new Covid cases
The state did not announce any new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Monday, but Mr Barilaro has severely warned residents after unsatisfactory test rates.
22,275 tests were run in the past 24 hours, a figure he described as “way too low”.
“If we are to be able to stay one step ahead of the Covid pandemic, large numbers of tests are crucial so that we can rely on the data in our decisions,” he said.
The previous day there were 18,923 tests.
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