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The owner of an Echuca pub has been accused of breaching guidance from Victoria’s chief health official after they were allowed to eat during lockdown.
the main points:
- Al-Ashar vows to fight the accusations, saying he was ‘just trying to make a living’
- The pub is now serving takeaway only to customers
- Trevor Andrews is expected to appear in court later this year
He was also fined more than $22,000 for breaching Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Officers attended the Pastoral Hotel last night and arrested Trevor Andrews who was taken to Echuca Police Station where he was charged and released on bail.
“They had about 10 police officers and three health inspectors with them,” Andrews said.
they do not understand
Andrews said he would “certainly” resist the accusations.
“No politician has taken a pay cut since the start of COVID, they don’t understand what it’s like to be in business,” he said.
Andrews wrote on social media earlier this week that he had “constitutional rights” that allowed him to open up.
He said it has remained open during previous closures and kept the pub open.
The hotel is now catering to customers only via takeaway and delivery, in line with restrictions.
“Someone put a picture of me with Ned Kelly – I thought it was cool,” he said.
Andrews is due to appear in Echuca Magistrates’ Court in December.
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