Thousands of businesses are threatening to blow up the national plan to re-open Australia by vowing to ignore new rules favouring the fully-vaccinated.
The rebellion comes as double-jabbed Sydneysiders welcome a new raft of freedoms from Monday, as NSW steams towards the 70 per cent vaccination level.
One private Facebook group, the poorly-spelt Bussinesses United Auatralia, has gathered a staggering 155,400-plus followers since it launched just three weeks ago.
Every single member of the group has promised they are ‘pro-choice’ and will not discriminate against anyone based on whether or not they are vaccinated.
The group is full of posts from firms, largely in NSW and Victoria, boasting it will be business as normal once lockdown restrictions are relaxed, ‘jab or no jab’.
Business big and small have pledged to ignore the post-freedom regulations, like Lisa Ryan (pictured) the owner of Nine Canaries cafe in Albury
Double-jabbed Sydneysiders welcome a new raft of freedoms from Monday, as NSW steams towards the 70 per cent vaccination level (pictured, women exercising in Bronte)
Companies have pledged to flout relaxed lockdown restrictions once the population hits 70 per cent double-dose vaccination, including tradies, hairdressers, shops, restaurants and cafes.
Gladys Berejiklian and Daniel Andrews have both said relaxed restrictions would see only the double-jabbed allowed into venues, with Scott Morrison warning the un-vaccinated would be left behind.
One Sydney hair salon Organic Hair Sydney posted: ‘We will welcome all our beautiful clients once we are allowed to reopen.
‘There will never be any discrimination. Your medical choices are not for us to know.’
Someone claiming to be the owner of the Boba Tea Shack in Coffs Harbour insists: ‘Everyone is welcome to my cafe. We didn’t judge anyone before and we don’t judge now.’
WHAT ‘PICNIC MONDAY’ MEANS IN NEW SOUTH WALES
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has eased restrictions for millions stuck in lockdown after the state passed 8 million vaccine doses.
From Monday, fully vaccinated residents from the 12 Sydney local government areas of concern can:-
- Exercise outdoors for an unlimited amount of time, up from one hour.
- Enjoy a two hour picnic ‘or recreation’ with their household
- Gather with one other adult if they live alone.
The 9pm to 5am curfew and 5km maximum radius rules remain in place for LGAs of concern.
Fully-vaccinated people outside the LGAs of concern can now gather in groups of five for a picnic within the same LGA or their 5km radius, with two children under the age of 12 for each adult.
Source: NSW Government
Some businesses are threatening to blow up the national plan to re-open Australia by vowing to ignore new rules favouring double-dose vaccinations (Pictured, Ellalong Hotel in the Hunter Valley that said it would not be discriminating against unvaccinated customers)
Private social media groups are full of companies pledging to flout the relaxed lockdown restrictions, as seen here
The Ellalong Hotel in the Hunter Valley bragged it would even serve Dragons fans as well as the unvaccinated.
‘We will as we always have accept all walks of life,’ they posted in the private group.
‘We don’t care if you’re vaccinated or not vaccinated, if you are fat, thin, tall or vertically challenged, gay, straight, white, black, hot or downright ugly, or even a Dragons fan.
‘We welcome all. United we stand, divided we fall. Save Australia, some things are worth fighting for.’
Countless others have made similar posts in the past three weeks as the country counts down towards the end of lockdown restrictions.
There are also several other different similar groups with similar posts from other businesses.
New South Wales made the first move to relax lockdown restrictions at midnight on Monday when it brought in ‘picnic day’ freedoms (Pictured, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at Sunday’s Covid briefing)
Countless other companies have made similar posts in the past three weeks as the country counts down towards the end of lockdown restrictions (pictured, JWA Cafe on the Central Coast which pledged to serve unvaccinated customers despite lockdown regulations)
A back-up group, Australian Businesses United, with 28,000 members also includes links to a firm offering apparently fake vaccination certificates and passports.
The fakes promise to allow the bearer a free pass potentially anywhere in the world, regardless of their real vaccination status.
Amoretti’s restaurant in Abbotsbury in Sydney’s Covid-riddled south-west also posted in a separate Facebook group called ‘FairBusiness’ vowing to ignore jab rules.
‘I can’t be filtering customers based on their status,’ owner Gabriele Moretti told the SMH.
‘There are anti-discrimination laws in place that I’d be breaking if I did that.
‘It’s also bad business, as a business owner you’re essentially ripping yourself off. We can’t afford to turn customers away after we have lost so much revenue already.’
‘[We are] not going to be like other restaurants in the city who are turning people away based on a personal medical decision they’ve made.
‘That is discrimination straight up’.
Sydney made the first move to relax lockdown restrictions at midnight on Monday when it brought in ‘picnic day’ freedoms, which also relaxed some restrictions for those living in the city’s 12 hotspot LGAs.
By Friday, 76.4 per cent of the NSW adult population had at least one vaccine jab, with 43.6 per cent double-dosed (pictured, a queue for vaccines in Sydney’s inner west)
Those in the areas of concern can now exercise for an unlimited amount of time, up from one hour, and enjoy two hours of ‘recreation’ outdoors with their household.
For the rest of locked down NSW, fully-vaccinated people can enjoy a picnic in groups of five within their 5km radius or LGA.
By Friday, 76.4 per cent of the NSW adult population had at least one vaccine jab, with 43.6 per cent double-dosed.
But under the national plan agreed by the federal government and all state and territory governments, the barriers will come down dramatically once the national adult population hits 70 per cent double dose vaccination, and more at 80 per cent.
The relaxed restrictions are intended to only be for those fully-vaccinated, to try to minimise the spread and impact of the disease on hospitals as the nation re-opens.
Companies like those seen here threatening to opening up their clientele to all Australians, vaccinated or not, could throw the plan to re-open Australia into chaos
The vaccine limits the impact of the disease, with vastly reduced chances of being hospitalised or dying.
But even the double-jabbed can catch Covid, even asymptomatically, and can still spread the disease.
Health officials fear that if the unvaccinated are allowed to mix with those double-jabbed, the unvaccinated will be hit hard by the disease, as seen currently in the US, pushing the health system beyond its limits.
The current Doherty Institute modelling for re-opening Australia still requires some public health orders such as mask use and is based on only the double-dose vaccinated being able to enjoy the relaxed restrictions.
Companies opening up their clientele to all Australians, vaccinated or not, threatens to throw the plan into chaos.
Health officials fear that if the unvaccinated are allowed to mix with those double-jabbed, the unvaccinated will be hit hard by the disease (pictured, a shopper checking in at a Manly shop)
The double-jabbed can catch Covid, even asymptomatically, and can still spread the disease. (Pictured, locals at a mass vaccination clinic in Perth)
Another private Facebook group Jobs Without Jabs Australia has been set up to support workers opposing vaccination.
The group says it supports ‘freedom of choice without medical coercion. A free Australia for all, not a two tiered society.’
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant last week warned hospitality workers will need to be fully vaccinated to work in the industry once the state re-opens at 70 per cent double-dose vaccination.
Other big businesses have also mandated vaccination for workers, including Virgin Australia, Qantas and Telstra.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant last week warned hospitality workers will need to be fully vaccinated to work in the industry once the state re-opens at 70 per cent double-dose vaccination (pictured, the Services NSW app which will be used to prove vaccination status)
The vaccination drive has been backed by trade unions, but they said an agreement needed be reached after further consultation.
‘We encourage all Australians who have access to the vaccine to get it as soon as possible,’ said Sally McManus, secretary of Australian Council of Trade Unions.
‘Essential workers and frontline health workers are exposing themselves to risk every day and working families continue to suffer job and income loss because of lockdowns.
‘Employers that are considering mandates for health and safety reasons must consult workers and their unions.’
The vaccination drive has been backed by trade unions, but they said agreement needed be reached after consultation. (Pictured, a vaccination hub worker checking in at Westmead Hospital)