Two Mullumbimby businesses received penalty infringement notices (PINs) on Tuesday, 10 August for staff not wearing masks.
‘On Tuesday 10 August 2021, officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were conducting proactive COVID-19 compliance patrols in the Mullumbimby area when they attended two shops on Stuart and Dalley Streets,’ a NSW Police spokesperson told The Echo.
‘Upon attending a food store on Stuart Street, police observed no written register of customers as required by the Public Health Order. Police also observed staff members not wearing fitted face coverings, which is also a requirement as outlined in the Public Health Order. A fitted face covering must be worn at all retail premises indoors, or business premises that provides goods/services to members of the public who attend the premises.
‘Police then attended a café on Dalley Street, where they spoke with the owner of the store, who was not wearing a fitted face covering. Police also observed patrons sitting and gathering immediately outside the store which is a breach of the current Public Health Order, as food and drink premises must not open to the public except for selling food or beverages for people to consume off-site (take-away).
‘Both the man and woman at each premises were issued with $1000 PINs for fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19 – individual,’ said the spokesperson.
It is understood that the food store was Edens Landing and the café was Lulu’s Café.
Police said they will continue to enforce the Public Health Order within the Tweed/Byron and Richmond Police Districts, as four Local Government Areas in the region remain under Stay at Home orders until 12.01am Tuesday 17 August 2021.