No ID, no entry to help stop spread of virus
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.”
WE’RE JUST TRYING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.