NSW Liquor & Gaming inspectors target ski resorts this weekend

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With a huge opening weekend expected this long weekend thanks to mammoth snow falls,

Liquor & Gaming inspectors will be visiting licensed venues to ensure they have proper measures in place for COVID safety and responsible service of alcohol.

Liquor & Gaming Director of Compliance Darren Duke said venues in the snowy region are preparing for an influx of skiers and boarders and must ensure patron safety.

“The mountains are already blanketed with snow and, with the official ski season launch this long-weekend, we are ensuring all on-snow licensed venues know their responsibilities when it comes to COVID and alcohol safety,” said Duke.

“Liquor & Gaming inspectors will be visiting 22 on-snow hotels, motels and bars this weekend, with a focus on ensuring patrons sign-in with the Service NSW QR Code and adhere to social distancing requirements.

“At this stage of the pandemic there is simply no excuse for not complying with the check-in requirements. Businesses must be vigilant as this data will be vital in contact tracing if NSW experiences an outbreak like Victoria.

“Inspections relating to the responsible service of alcohol and responsible conduct of gambling accreditation, along with general compliance audits will be conducted making sure venues have a good understanding of their responsibilities.

“The Snowy Mountains Liquor Accord, which includes 40 representatives from venues, police, Liquor & Gaming NSW and stakeholders, also met earlier this month to ensure a coordinated effort promoting a safe and successful ski season.

“The annual snow season provides great economic benefits for the local community and Liquor & Gaming inspectors will be visiting again throughout the season. It’s in everyone’s best interests for all venues to ensure patron safety.”

Liquor & Gaming NSW inspectors will conduct targeted operations in Jindabyne, Thredbo and Perisher to check venues are complying with legislative requirements relating to QR code sign in, patron behaviour and intoxication, licence compliance, undesirable liquor promotions, responsible service of alcohol and gambling accreditation and prevention of alcohol sales to minors.

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