No one will be fined over New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet’s decision to drink a beer while standing up in a pub, after police decided to exercise “discretion”.
Mr Perrottet celebrated the first stage of eased restrictions on Monday with Deputy Premier Paul Toole and NSW Treasurer Matt Kean at Watson’s Pub in Moore Park.
Greater Sydney pubs reopened on Monday to fully vaccinated residents but, along with limits on occupancy and group sizes, all patrons must remain seated while drinking alcohol.
Footage and photos from the Premier’s press conference clearly showed him drinking while standing up.
But NSW Police on Monday evening confirmed neither the Premier or the venue owner would be punished.
“Compliance with COVID-19 restrictions within a venue are the responsibility of the business owner/manager,” police said, in a statement.
“In this instance, which was an organised media event before the venue opened to patrons, police have applied discretion.
“Officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command have since spoken with the licensee and reminded him of his obligations under the Public Health Act.”
The venue owner faced a potential fine of up to $5000.
The controversy came just days after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was fined $400 for failing to wear a mask on two occasions outside Parliament House in Melbourne.