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Businesses must embrace COVID safe measures

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The New South Wales Ministry of Health, branded NSW Health, is a ministerial department of the New South Wales Government. NSW Health supports the executive and statutory roles of the Minister for Health, the Minister for Medical Research, and the Minister for Mental Health.

NSW businesses must follow the State Government’s COVID safety warnings and public health orders or risk a penalty of up to $55,000. 

More than 117,500 COVID safety plans have been downloaded in less than a month but businesses also need to register to provide customers with confidence.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there are 10,500 registered COVID Safe businesses across NSW but she would like to see this number increase. 

“Thanks to the hard work of the community, thousands of businesses and have been able to reopen their doors and welcome back customers,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“While communities embrace the easing of restrictions and we kick start the economy, safety must come first and businesses cannot be complacent.

“Whether it’s a café, construction business, cinema or sports club, all organisations must ensure the safety of staff and customers. There are no more excuses.”

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said help and assistance is available for businesses.

“Downloading an industry specific safety plan and registering as COVID Safe is simple and can be done online. Service NSW can help with any questions,” Mr Dominello said.

“Customers are encouraged to give feedback to businesses. Our focus in June was on educating industry; while our focus in July will be on compliance.”

Any business found in breach of the public health orders will be held to account and could face a penalty of up to $55,000 or an on the spot fine of $5000.

Breach of orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties. In the case of any business, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues. To download a safety plan visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses

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