NT pub fined $5000 for flouting virus laws

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A Darwin pub has been fined more than $5000 for repeatedly failing to adhere to strict coronavirus laws.

Police and environmental health officers issued a caution to Lola’s Pergola on May 15 for failing to serve separate meals to people consuming liquor, patrons not being seated while drinking and social distancing not being implemented.

One week later, further observations confirmed reports from concerned patrons that alcohol was being served without meals.

Advice about the chief health officer’s directions was provided to the owner at the time.

But the next day, the venue had to be cautioned again and the following day the infringement notice was issued.

More than 11,000 compliance checks have been completed and 57 fines issued.

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