A Ballina hotel has been hit with thousands of dollars worth of fines after allegedly breaking COVID-19 and licensing restrictions.
Licensing police first conducted an inspection of the hotel in Brighton Street on September 27 before returning a week later for another check.
NSW Police claim that on both occasions customers were being served alcohol despite being heavily intoxicated.
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They were also gathering in large groups which is in breach of the Public Health Order.
The hotel has since been slapped with six fines. Two $5000 fines for not complying with COVID restrictions, two $1100 notices for licensee permit intoxication and another two $1100 notices for licensee fail to comply with conditions of licence.
That’s a total of $14,400.
NSW Police have said they will continue to conduct further business compliance inspections at the hotel and in the surrounding area.