CLUBS and pubs in Griffith may have finally re-opened their doors to the community once again, but police have warned that doesn't mean a free pass for bad behaviour.
Police have said they will be out in force this long weekend to ensure "the new norm" at licensed venues is being adhered to throughout the city.
Patrons at all venues have been called on to continue taking personal responsibility serious during the COVID-19 pandemic, including maintaining 1.5 metres physical distancing while at these locations.
A number of licenced venues are implementing strategies and have four key messages for all patrons:
1 Upon entry all patrons must sign in. This is a legislative requirement.
2 Patrons are to be seated at tables - no mingling at the bar.
3 Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
4 Listen and follow all instructions from venue staff.
Murrumbidgee Police District Licensing Supervisor Brett Ryan said while it was good news restrictions were easing, there was still a long way to go.
"Most venues haven't resumed normal activity, but that will increase as restrictions are lifted," he said.
"In the meantime, this weekend will be trial and error with a number of increased patrons."
Officers from the Murrumbidgee Police District will be paying a visit to venues to ensure the new rules are being followed.
This is all part of the NSW Police Force's Operation Pariac to ensure compliance with COVID-19 public health orders at licensed venues.
Operation Pariac is regularly conducted by general duties and specialist licensing police in our region, but will have an altered focus for this time around.
"Police in our region have been working closely with industry and business owners to ensure that they are able to operate safe environments for their customers, while making the public feel confident about returning to a COVID-safe venue," Sergeant Ryan said.
Double demerits will also be enforced on the region's roads during the long weekend.