A TAMWORTH club is one of 10 venues across the state fined $5000 after safety inspectors found they had breached COVID-safe public health orders.
The Tamworth Services Club on Marius Street was fined by SafeWork NSW after a compliance blitz which started last Friday.
It's understood the breach was related to non-compliant record keeping, but was not related to any police licensing patrols by Oxley police, or complaints.
SafeWork NSW have not yet revealed the exact details surrounding the penalty notice.
It was part of a blitz by SafeWork NSW across the New England North West, and the rest of the state.
The Leader saw inspectors carrying out patrols of several venues on Saturday, after checks in Narrabri and Gunnedah.
In the blitz, 410 licensed venues and other hospitality businesses were inspected with 10 pubs, clubs and cafes found to be in breach of public health orders.
The fines - worth $50,000 in total - involved inspections from officers with Liquor & Gaming NSW, SafeWork NSW and NSW Fair Trading.
You never know who is filming or taking photos or when police and inspectors might visit your business.Executive Director of Compliance, Peter Dunphy
The other venues included two in Gosford; two in Erina; as well as five in the greater Sydney area in Merrylands, Yagoona, Auburn, Hurlstone Park and Kingswood.
SafeWork NSW said most of the fines issued were for "not having a COVID-19 Safety Plan, non-compliant record keeping and a lack of appropriate physical distancing".
Executive Director of Compliance, Peter Dunphy, said it's reckless that that any business would put the community at risk of COVID infection and jeopardise people's jobs and livelihoods.
"You never know who is filming or taking photos or when police and inspectors might visit your business," Mr Dunphy said.
"We all need to play it safer - businesses as well as customers."
The club has been contacted for comment.
More to come.