Perth pub owner arrested for hosting a secret New Years Eve party claims he had no idea the event was taking place

Perth pub owner arrested for hosting a secret New Years Eve party claims he had no idea the event was taking place

A Perth pub owner arrested for hosting a secret New Years Eve party for 300 guests claims he had no idea the celebrations were taking place.

Vinod Parihar, the sole director of Jashan Tavern Pty Ltd, which is licensed by The George, said he planned to work with police to investigate the party.

Suspicious officers broke into celebrations at the bar around 11:30 p.m. Friday and found about 300 revelers inside, many without masks.

Perth pub owner arrested for hosting a secret New Years Eve party claims he had no idea the event was taking place

The George (pictured) located in Perth’s CBD was arrested by police officers who discovered hundreds of revelers unmasked disobeying Covid restrictions on New Years Eve.

“There are still a lot of unknowns, we have to work with the authorities to find out what went wrong,” Parihar told the West Australian.

Under the state’s draconian Covid rules, nightclubs are closed and dancing outside of weddings is banned in Perth and the neighboring Peel region until January 4.

Prime Minister Mark McGowan also decreed that the masks must be worn indoors, ruining New Year’s celebrations for thousands of people.

This is despite the fact that only 12 Covid cases were recorded in the entire outbreak in nearly two weeks.

The owner of The George Vinod Parihar (pictured) claimed he was unaware that the illegal New Years party was taking place

The owner of The George Vinod Parihar (pictured) claimed he was unaware that the illegal New Years party was taking place

Unlike most states with indoor mask mandates, this is included in licensed venues, except when customers are actually eating or drinking, which must be seated.

Usually, at most, masks are only required to be worn when ordering at the bar or going to the restrooms in other states.

The event itself was not illegal under WA public health orders, but revelers at the party were charged with breaking mask rules, dancing and sitting drinking.

Dramatic police body camera video showed the nightly arrest that occurred after officers scaled the walls to enter the locked building.

The footage shows an officer pulling heavy black curtains hung on glass doors while muffled dance music plays at celebrations inside.

Western Australian Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the pub was closed and had black curtains covering the windows and glass doors.

“We are continuing to investigate this matter, but I have to say from the outset that I am very disappointed by what I have been informed,” he said.

‘Blatant contempt, selfish behavior, it’s true in the evidence here.

Suspicious agents patrolling the city were arrested at The George Hotel in Perth around 11:30 pm on Friday (pictured), with dramatic bodycam footage showing how the incident unfolded.

Suspicious agents patrolling the city were arrested at The George Hotel in Perth around 11:30 pm on Friday (pictured), with dramatic bodycam footage showing how the incident unfolded.

‘When the police attended there, they were unable to enter because the doors were closed and the windows had been covered with black curtains that obviously obscured the view from outside.

My agents had to scale walls to enter and eventually enter through other doors.

“There appear to be several hundred people who were at The George Hotel at a ticketed and licensed event in licensed facilities.”

WA police will also allege that the QR codes were ripped off the walls.

“They were found crumpled behind the bar,” Mr. Dawson alleged.

“We consider the entire incident a blatant disregard not only of liquor license requirements, but that we are in the middle of a pandemic, this is a state of emergency.”

A popular Perth pub has been closed after police climbed a wall to find 300 New Years Eve revelers having a secret party in an alleged violation of Covid rules (pictured is a picture of a police officer opening a black curtain at The George hotel)

A popular Perth pub has been closed after police climbed a wall to find 300 New Years Eve revelers having a secret party in an alleged violation of Covid rules (pictured is a picture of a police officer opening a black curtain at The George hotel)

Mr. Dawson said The George operators faced “very serious charges” and questioned whether they were “eligible for a license.”

“What we will also allege is, and I have had a vision of this of customers without masks, dancing in licensed venues,” he said.

The licensee faces a maximum fine of $ 250,000 for violating the WA Emergency Management Law and losing his liquor license.

Under WA public health orders that went into effect on December 23, nightclubs are temporarily banned in Perth and the neighboring Peel region to the south (pictured is Prime Minister Mark McGowan).

Under WA public health orders that went into effect on December 23, nightclubs are temporarily banned in Perth and the neighboring Peel region to the south (pictured is Prime Minister Mark McGowan).

According to company records, the owner and licensee, Mr. Parihar also owns CBD locations The Grand Bar and Bistro and The Deck Café and Bar Lounge.

The George featured a marble bar serving cocktails and appetizers on cutting boards.

Police Minister Paul Papalia confirmed on Saturday that a “major investigation” had been launched into the “irresponsible” and “shameful” party.

“Three hundred people violate Covid protocols amid a Delta outbreak in WA … it is an incredibly serious offense,” he said.

If all of this is shown to be true, it is incredibly selfish and irresponsible. We are in the middle of a pandemic. There are health directives … these people seem to have flaunted it all.

WA announced three new Covid cases on January 1, two of them linked to an unvaccinated French backpacker in Fremantle and another to a returning traveler.

WA moved both Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory from medium risk to high risk after both jurisdictions saw an increase in cases.

Western Australian Police will allege that QR codes were removed at the swanky venue that features a marble bar serving cocktails and snacks on cutting boards (pictured, a police officer encounters a lock).

Western Australian Police will allege that QR codes were removed at the swanky venue that features a marble bar serving cocktails and snacks on cutting boards (pictured, a police officer encounters a lock).

This means that as of Monday, anyone entering the state from ACT or Tasmania must be fully vaccinated, take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival, and take another test on the 12th day of their self-isolation of 14. days.

They must also use the G2G Now app while in quarantine.

More than 92 percent of Western Australians had received their first Covid-19 vaccine.

There are now 35 active confirmed cases in WA, while the rest of the country recorded 35,326 infections on New Year’s Day, the highest daily total in history.

Daily Mail Australia contacted The George Hotel for comment.

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