Unvaccinated risk venue lock out as Qld businesses voice confusion on double-dose restrictions
Unvaccinated patrons could be locked out of their favourite hospitality venues or holiday destinations as Queensland approaches its double-dose deadline.
But some venues have voiced confusion over how the restrictions will be enforced, with the state’s peak hospitality body asking the state government to clarify how patrons can show if they are vaccinated and what are considered “reasonable steps” for refusing service.
Queensland is due to reach its 80 per cent double-dose mark by December 17.
On that date, the border will be opened to fully-vaccinated interstate travellers and a raft of density restrictions will be eased.
Capacity restrictions will no longer apply to hotels, pubs, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, theatres, festivals and weddings, and other gatherings.
However, according to the Queensland government website, unvaccinated people will be unable to attend many other venues and vulnerable settings like hospitals, aged care centres and prisons.
“Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people will be able to access essential services and activities,” the website reads.
“This means unvaccinated people will still be able to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores, and participate in activities like going to the gym for exercise.”
The Queensland Hospitality Association (QHA) has asked for urgent clarification, voicing concern on how businesses should enforce the restrictions for unvaccinated patrons.
Paradise Resort Gold Coast manager David Brooks said the government directive had left businesses “scratching their heads” as to how they could adhere to the directive.
In a Facebook statement, Mr Brooks said that based on the information received, unvaccinated customers would not be permitted in the resort’s pools, ice rink, kids club or dine in restaurants.
“If caught not abiding, both the business and guest could be presented with major fines,” Mr Brooks said.
“We too are learning day by day how to navigate these changes and accept that we will never be able to please everyone.
“While many areas still require clarification and we may not have all the answers, we are doing our best to meet the directives, keep our staff and guests as safe as possible and keep you informed.”
In a statement, the QHA said they wanted to know what the “enforcement requirements” of venues were and what constituted taking “reasonable steps”.
They asked whether the rules would apply to people wanting takeaway food and drinks, and to delivery service staff like Uber Eats.
“The actual specific details will be outlined in a public health direction from the acting chief health officer that will make the abovementioned measures a legal requirement in Queensland,” the QHA told members.
Originally published as Unvaccinated risk venue lock out as Qld businesses voice confusion on double-dose restrictions
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