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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s beer drinking while standing up at Sydney pub won’t be fined

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.

Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) and Deputy Premier Paul Toole drink a beer before holding a media conference at Watson’s Pub in Moore Park on Sydney’s ‘Freedom Day’. (Getty)

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.

A photo opportunity for NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) who sipped a frothy with NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole (2nd from right) and NSW Treasurer Matt Kean at the newly opened Watsons Pub in Moore Park.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) sipped a frothy with NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole (seconnd from right) and NSW Treasurer Matt Kean (third from right) at the newly opened Watsons Pub in Moore Park. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“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.

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