No ID, no en­try to help stop spread of virus

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SAM TURNER

IF YOU head to Gayndah’s IGA with­out your driver’s li­cence or pass­port, you will be re­fused en­try.

Strict new rules were put in place last Thurs­day for shop­pers vis­it­ing the Cor­netts IGA store in or­der to stop the spread of coro­n­avirus.

Face­book posts were made on sev­eral com­mu­nity no­tice­boards, out­lin­ing the new shop­ping guide­lines.

The posts stated that if you were a vis­i­tor to the town, you would be re­quired to show a visa doc­u­ment or pass­port to prove you had been in the coun­try for more than 14 days.

If you are an Aus­tralian trav­eller, you will have to show an Aus­tralian driver’s li­cence.

If shop­pers are un­able to pro­vide the re­quired doc­u­ments, they will be re­fused en­try.

Cor­netts IGA man­ager Sally Scan­lan said the team had de­cided to im­ple­ment these rules to pro­tect them­selves, and their cus­tomers.

“It’s un­for­tu­nately how things have turned out,” Mrs Scan­lan said.

“So now from 8am to­mor­row (last Thurs­day) we’ll have one per­son on the door ev­ery­day un­til fur­ther no­tice.”

Mrs Scan­lan said the team had al­ready re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the com­mu­nity af­ter com­mu­ni­cat­ing the new rules on so­cial me­dia.

As the pick­ing sea­son ap­proaches, Gayndah and Mun­dub­bera will be a mecca for for­eign trav­ellers, want­ing to com­plete their 88 days for their visa.

As the coro­n­avirus cri­sis con­tin­ues, and re­stric­tions are fur­ther tight­ened across the coun­try, Mrs Scan­lan be­lieves the store will have to im­ple­ment a ca­pac­ity rule shortly.

“We’ve al­ready started mark­ing yel­low x’s on the floor to al­low for the 1.5 me­tre rule, and staff will be wear­ing masks soon too,” she said.

“We’re just try­ing to keep ev­ery­one safe, be­cause it’s quite con­cern­ing when a lot of these back­pack­ers come in here all at once.

“They’re all stand­ing in their groups, and not prac­tis­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing.”


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