China Bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne, is the first venue to be hit with a fine after receiving a $9,913 penalty for failing to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

It’s reported the bar and restaurant was open on Saturday with a total of six staff working and serving alcohol to two customers in the venue.

Under recent COVID-19 measures, bars and clubs are only able to sell customers takeaway or delivery.

In a press conference, Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said staff did not cooperate when questioned about why and how long the venue had been open for.

“It’s the first time we’ve issued an infringement but it won’t be the last. I can assure you,” said Deputy Commissioner Patton.

“We know that that is a significant fine, especially in these times when businesses are struggling, but people must comply with these restrictions.”

“We’ve been fairly lenient, we’ve issued a lot of warnings but I think now the time for that has passed.”

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