Caledonian Hotel Singleton closed by police for Covid-19 violation
An NSW pub that advertises itself as the ‘Freedom Hotel’ has been ordered to close by police after alleged repeated and brazen violations of Covid-19.
An NSW Hunter Valley pub has been closed by police after “repeated and continued” Covid violations.
The Caledonian Hotel Singleton – which describes itself as the ‘Freedom Hotel’ – has made a name for itself after continuously defying public health orders introduced to manage the pandemic and protect the public.
In a statement by Commissioner Mick Fuller over the weekend, he revealed that the pub, located on George St in the Hunter Valley, would be forced to close Saturday through Tuesday, October 19 at midnight.
Commissioner Fuller said the pub had taken in unvaccinated patrons, although pubs are currently off-limits to non-vaccines, and said the pub was ordered to close due to “alleged repeated violations of public health”.
“The shutdown order follows a number of previous interactions with the license holder – a 57-year-old man – due to repeated and ongoing violations of the public health order by allegedly authorizing – and by not taking measures to prevent – the presence of unvaccinated persons on the premises. ,” he said.
“Police have visited the site several times over the past week and issued the licensee with three PINs (Notice of Penalty Infringement) and staff members three PINs for violating the orders. public health. “
Despite the closure, the pub shared a challenge post on its public Facebook page on Saturday night.
“Do we enjoy the spectacle of the people …… The Cali or as many now call it the FREEDOM HOTEL stands with millions of people defending freedom,” the post read.
“Freedom of choice. Freedom of movement. Freedom of expression. Freedom to work. Freedom to provide. Freedom to travel. Freedom of expression. And all the other freedoms we were born with and which are our God-given rights.
“The Cali has never supported and never will support segregation or discrimination. The Cali will always be forever and one day will welcome everyone. United We Stand and FREE AUSTRALIA.
While the post drew widespread support, many also criticized the ad’s stance.
“And the freedom to share the Covid with others and to risk (sic) health and well-being!” That’s all that matters hey, your rights not at all for the common good, ”one Facebook user posted, while another added,“ And the freedom to never set foot in your establishment. Hope they shut you down for good. Shameful conduct in the midst of a bloody pandemic.
Licensee Brad Hill said Newcastle News he had expected repression and accused the police of “stalking” him.
He also described October 11 – the date that vaccinated residents of New South Wales came out of lockdown after the state reached the 70% double vaccination target – as a ‘day of segregation’ , because the freedoms did not apply to the unvaccinated.
“We’ve had so much support all over Australia, even as far as Tasmania, it’s amazing,” he told the publication.
“We weren’t stranded three weeks before (until October 11) before ‘segregation day’ arrived, so we functioned as usual, still making take out.
“If people are happy to sit in their homes with a mask locked up, it’s up to them to decide, but we are pro-choice, freedom of choice, freedom of movement, fundamental freedoms are taken away.
“If someone doesn’t see it’s too late for them.
News.com.au has contacted the Caledonian Hotel Singleton for comment.