Small shops COVID cop fines
THE STATE Government has taken goodwill out of the Christmas season for at least three Loddon small businesses.
The businesses have been hit with what they claim are unfair $1800 fines for minor flaws in their COVID-safe plans or shop signage.
Officers from the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning watched one business finish its COVID-safe plan and said a fine would not be issued. Three weeks later, the penalty notice was in the mail.
Boort hardware store owner George Tallis has already asked for a review of his fine for not displaying a sign indicating the maximum number of customers allowed in the store.
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