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Police investigating after video shows dozens lining up outside Sydney pub, without social distancing

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 30/07/2020 Sarah Swain

Police have confirmed they are investigating after revellers were filmed appearing to break COVID-19 rules by lining-up outside a Sydney hotel.

Dozens of people were seen queuing to get in to Greengate Hotel in Killara on the city's north shore last night, social distancing only when security guards spotted 9News cameras.

Ryde MP and minister for customer service, Victor Dominello, said it was "absolutely foolish, contemptuous behaviour".

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Police have confirmed they are investigating after revellers were filmed appearing to break COVID-19 rules by lining-up outside a Sydney hotel. © Nine Police have confirmed they are investigating after revellers were filmed appearing to break COVID-19 rules by lining-up outside a Sydney hotel.

"We are going to keep cracking down on those operators who think they operate outside the law," Mr Dominello said.

This morning 2GB radio presenter Ray Hadley also criticised the pub's management.

"I say to the owners of the Greengate … you badly let the team down this week," he said.

The pub's website outlined how it was handling restrictions earlier this month.

The venue said it was not allowing groups over 10, said guests must remain seated at all times and patrons must keep 1.5 metres from others.

They said they would have a dedicated "COVID marshal".

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a store front at night: The pub's website outlined how it was handling restrictions earlier this month.The venue said it was not allowing groups over 10, said guests must remain seated at all times and patrons must keep 1.5 metres from others. © Nine The pub's website outlined how it was handling restrictions earlier this month.The venue said it was not allowing groups over 10, said guests must remain seated at all times and patrons must keep 1.5 metres from others. a group of baseball players standing on top of a building: Social distancing was enforced only when security guards spotted 9News cameras. © Nine Social distancing was enforced only when security guards spotted 9News cameras.

The images emerged weeks after another Sydney hotel was fined thousands after similar lines built up outside, breaking COVID-19 rules.

Pictures showed hundreds queuing outside The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay last month, and a $5500 fine was issued by the NSW Office of Liquor and Gaming.

A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed police are making enquires with hotel staff.

The Greengate Hotel declined to comment to 9News.

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