Echuca pub owner faces charges, fines for opening during Victorian closure

An owner of the Echuca pub has been accused of violating the instructions of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer after allegedly allowing eating cartridges during lockdown.

He was also fined more than $ 22,000 for violating 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 convicted.

“They had about 10 police officers and three health inspectors with them,” Andrews said.

‘They do not understand’

Sir. Andrews said he would “definitely” fight the charges.

“Not a politician has had a pay cut since COVID started, they do not understand what it is like to be in business,” he said.

Sir. Andrews wrote on social media earlier this week, saying he had “constitutional rights” that allowed him to open up.

He said he remained open during previous lockdowns and kept the bar open.

The hotel now only serves food to customers upon collection and delivery in accordance with the restrictions.

“Someone put a picture of me with Ned Kelly – I thought it was great,” he said.

Andrews will appear in Echuca Magistrates Court in December.


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