Popular rooftop bar slapped with eye-watering $7,000 fine

‘We’re non-profit now!’: Popular rooftop bar slapped with eye-watering $7,000 fine for breaking coronavirus restrictions after customers failed to give their contact details

  •  Moxy’s Rooftop Bar in Coolangatta was hit with a $6,672.50 infringement notice 
  •  The bar violated COVID-19 rules failing to keep the contact details of its patrons
  •  The owners shared an image of the fine to social media on Tuesday night 
  •  It was issued at 7pm on Friday just after venue restrictions were eased in QLD

A popular rooftop bar has been slapped with a hefty $7,000 fine after breaking coronavirus restrictions.  

Moxy’s Rooftop Bar in Coolangatta, on the Gold Coast, was hit with a $6,672.50 infringement notice after failing to keep the contact details of its patrons. 

The bar owners shared a picture of the fine to social media on Tuesday night which listed their offence as ‘fail to comply with public health directions’. 

The whopping fines comes as authorities increasingly crack down on bars, restaurants and cafes deemed to flout strict COVID-19 health rules. 

Moxy's Rooftop Bar, a popular venue on the Gold Coast, was hit with a $6,672.50 infringement notice (pictured) on Friday night after violating coronavirus restrictions

Moxy’s Rooftop Bar, a popular venue on the Gold Coast, was hit with a $6,672.50 infringement notice (pictured) on Friday night after violating coronavirus restrictions

The Coolangatta bar (pictured) was fined after failing to record patrons' contact details

The Coolangatta bar (pictured) was fined after failing to record patrons’ contact details

The Queensland Police notice was issued at 7.20pm on Friday, just hours after the state eased restrictions on venues. 

It claimed the Coolangatta bar did not keep a register of its patrons and listed the offence as ‘fail to keep patron detail contact register’. 

Bosses were also accused of ‘failing to comply with public health directions’. 

The owners shared the bar’s infringement notice with their 2,500 Instagram followers and captioned the post ‘#nonprofitorganisation’ with a laughing Emoji. 

‘For the people, by the people,’ the post continued. 

The owners of Moxy's Rooftop Bar (pictured right) shared an image of the fine to their social media accounts and captioned the post 'by the people for the people'

The owners of Moxy’s Rooftop Bar (pictured right) shared an image of the fine to their social media accounts and captioned the post ‘by the people for the people’ 

The image was also shared to one of the owner’s personal Instagram accounts. 

Daily Mail Australia contacted the owners of Moxy’s Rooftop Bar who declined to comment.  

The eased restrictions in Queensland allow venues to permit bar service and an increased number of patrons but require dancefloors to remain closed.

Businesses with an area less than 200 square metres must operate with one person per two-square-metres with a maximum of 50 people. 

Owners are required to keep a register of the venue’s customers and store their information securely for at least 56 days. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted police for further details on the infringement notice. 

Images from inside another Brisbane nightclub, Prohibition, (pictured) on Friday, allegedly showed dancers refusing to socially distance

Images from inside another Brisbane nightclub, Prohibition, (pictured) on Friday, allegedly showed dancers refusing to socially distance

Royal on Ninety-Nine, in the regional Queensland town of Roma, was fined $6,672 on June 28 after staff didn't ask the plain clothed officers for contact details

Royal on Ninety-Nine, in the regional Queensland town of Roma, was fined $6,672 on June 28 after staff didn’t ask the plain clothed officers for contact details

A number of licensed venues across Queensland have been hit with eye-watering fines after failing to comply with coronavirus restrictions.  

The owner of a struggling pub in Roma, regional Queensland, was slammed with a $6,672 infringement notice on June 28.

Royal on Ninety-Nine owner, Bruce Garvie, said plain clothed officers delivered the fine after staff failed to ask their contact details. 

Mr Garvie said the cops also went upstairs and found a couple of men playing a game of pool without practicing social distancing. 

‘We weren’t aware of that. These police reduced the manager to tears. This is not the way you police things,’ he told the ABC

Mr Garvie said local police had visited the venue every week to make sure it was following COVID-19 protocols and would have raised any issue with him directly.  

He said the Queensland Police officers should have used their discretion as small businesses are struggling to stay afloat due to the impact of lockdowns. 

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