The Cairns Post

Businesses demands clarity


FRUSTRATED Queensland businesses are demanding the state government provide protection­s to allow them to ban unvaccinat­ed customers without the fear of legal repercussi­ons, industry groups say.

Businesses were left confused last week when Deputy Premier Steven Miles said a second Covid-19 road map would be released for businesses detailing customer vaccinatio­n restrictio­ns, only for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to declare two days later there was no second road map.

Under the existing road map, companies will be exempt from some public health restrictio­ns if only vaccinated customers are served once the state reaches the 80 per cent double-dose milestone.

However, Queensland businesses are now calling for the government to ensure banning unvaccinat­ed customers would not lead to legal complaints.

National Retail Associatio­n chief executive Dominique Lamb (above) said questions remained about the legalities of companies denying entry.

“It’s something, in my view, that could be easily cleared up with a directive, but as we understand it, the government won’t go down that path,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland policy and advocacy manager Cherie Josephson said businesses needed to know what requiremen­ts they would need to meet.

Ms Palaszczuk said no decision had been made on whether unvaccinat­ed people would be allowed into government facilities, including stadiums, or if businesses would be rewarded with more relaxed restrictio­ns if they were open only to those vaccinated.

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