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Liquor, Gambling & Lotteries
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20 July 2020

An Adelaide nightclub has agreed to suspend its operations until a COVID Management Plan is in place, following intervention from the state's Liquor and Gambling Commissioner. 

Zhivago Nightclub was among several venues warned or fined recently for failing to comply with restrictions aimed at protecting the community from the spread of coronavirus. 

Liquor and Gambling Commissioner Dini Soulio said he had written to the club's operators giving them until the end of the week to demonstrate why their licence shouldn't be suspended until they have a COVID Management Plan in place. 

"They have since advised that they will close voluntarily until such time as a COVID Management Plan is approved," he said. 

"I'm pleased to see a licensee acknowledge the seriousness of this matter." 

Mr Soulio encouraged venues to take all proper precautions and comply with their obligations with regard to all Emergency Management Directions. 

"Any licensed venue operating like a nightclub, not preventing patrons from dancing and not enforcing physical distancing requirements will face intervention from SA Police and my office," he said. 

"While I appreciate these are trying times for the sector, the inconvenience of these public health measures would be nothing compared to having their venue traced back as the source of a flare up of COVID-19. 

"If you fail to live up to your responsibilities as a licensee, you're not only endangering the health and welfare of your staff and your patrons, you also risk hefty penalties ranging from fines to restrictions on your licence."